A farmer in Pahadganj village has accused a woman doctor of removing his pregnant wife’s kidney during a Caesarean section five months ago.
He submitted a complaint to the district magistrate in this regard, following which the administration formed a team of doctors to probe the matter.
The farmer, Patiram, alleged that five months ago he took his wife to a private hospital for delivery on the recommendation of a village midwife. He admitted his wife to the Rohit Agnihotri Hospital in Izzatnagar on March 3.
After preliminary tests, the doctor in-charge of the hospital suggested Caesarean section, saying it was the only option. “She said my wife and child would die if operation (C-section) was not done. I had no option so, I paid Rs 20,000 for the operation,” said the farmer.
He said the Caesarean section was performed successfully and his wife Narayani Devi gave birth to a girl child. She was discharged from the hospital on March 10.
But things went downhill from there. “I started having a chronic pain on the right side of my abdomen and blood appeared in my urine,” said Patiram’s wife, Narayani, adding that she told the midwife about her problem.
The midwife first asked her to wait it out but then took her to the private hospital on April 20 when the pain didn’t subside.
Dr Sushma Agnihotri, a former chief medical superintendent and the doctor who performed the C-section, examined Narayani and called Patiram. “She told me that my wife had contracted septic (septicemia) and she could not be saved. She told me to feed my wife everything she asked for and wait for her last time,” said Patiram.
According to Patiram, apart from the advice, the doctor did nothing and sent them away.
Patiram claimed that he visited other doctors and on their suggestion went for an ultrasound examination on April 22. The result showed that Narayani’s right kidney was “not seen”. To make sure, three other ultrasound tests were done but the right kidney was reported “missing” or “not seen” in all of them.
Patiram then submitted a written complaint to the district magistrate on Thursday, demanding an inquiry into the matter. “The doctor removed the kidney of my wife during the operation,” he alleged.
Dr Agnihotri has refuted the claims of kidney theft. “Narayani must be having a single kidney since birth. Her kidney was not removed at my hospital and neither is it possible to remove a kidney during a Caesarean operation,” said the doctor, who opened the hospital six years ago after retiring from her government job.
Meanwhile, constant loss of blood has left Narayani bedridden. “I can barely walk a little distance these days, how long can my husband sustain the family like this?” asked the hapless woman.