A man professing to be a bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery began operating on a patient with a fistula near his rectum at his nursing home in this town in East Champaran district bordering Nepal on Wednesday.
But midway through the ‘surgery’, Dr MN Mandal developed cold feet as his patient lay bleeding in the operation theatre and fled. Patient Bunni Lal Das, a resident of Simraun Garh in Nepal, was struggling between life and death when Dr Mandal fled.
“Das lost a lot of blood and it’s still not certain whether he’ll survive,” allopathic doctor Kanhaiya of Chauradano, also in East Champaran, told HT on Friday. Dr Kanhaiya is trying to undo the damage done by Mandal at his private clinic now.
A mob had rushed to the Raxaul police station to report the matter on Wednesday but East Champaran superintendent of police Ganesh Kumar told HT on Friday that the police were not investigating the incident as no case had been lodged.
The victim’s sister, Rambha Devi, claimed Mandal's musclemen gave them Rs 6,000 and told them to leave the clinic after the doctor had fled. Mandal was unavailable for comment as his mobile was switched off and his clinic was closed.
Dr Ashutosh Sharan, a member of Indian Medical Association, said many persons without valid medical degrees perform major surgeries in Raxaul. “It’s time for this kind of thing to stop,” he said.