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Boy surgeon’s patient missing

The woman on whom the 15-year-old boy-surgeon Dhileepan Raj had performed a Cesarean surgery continues to be untraceable in spite of a probe ordered by the Tamil Nadu government, reports GC Shekhar.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2007 03:16 IST
GC Shekhar

The woman on whom the 15-year-old boy-surgeon Dhileepan Raj had performed a Cesarean surgery continues to be untraceable in spite of a probe ordered by the Tamil Nadu government.

“The woman whom the doctor claimed was that patient happened to be his relative and was produced only as a cover up to throw the real probe off its track,” an official told HT.

The probe team had interrogated Nila Ganesan, a 20-year-old woman married to Dr K Murugesan’s nephew, after the surgeon had named her as the patient on whom he had performed the C-section, watched by his 15-year-old son. “The woman was really scared and incoherent though she too had delivered a baby girl around the same time at Dr Murugesan’s hospital. She claimed that neither she nor her husband were aware of what happened inside the operation theatre,” added the official.

Since the doctors of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had claimed that the baby girl, whom Dhileepan Raj was seen delivering in the video, had a spinal protrusion, the probe team, which included a lady doctor, examined Nila’s infant and discovered that her spine was normal. The probe team is examining all the birth records of baby girls sent by the hospital since April 1 to trace the home of the real patient.

Meanwhile, Dr Murugesan’s claim in the video that he had given spinal anesthesia to the patient has raised questions that how a surgeon could administer anesthesia which is the job of an anesthetist.

“Apparently he had been administering anesthesia to all his patients so he need not engage an anesthetist for whom a fee has to be paid. Similarly his wife, who is only an MBBS, has been claiming to be a gynecologist. The probe should cover these aspects too,” said Dr. Magesh Yogaraj, one of the IMA members who watched the video.