The family of a kidney patient in Indore accused on Tuesday a state-run hospital of medical negligence after his organ transplant failed.
Deepesh Shukla’s wife Sandhya alleged in a letter to the Indore collector during a public hearing that Sri Aurobindo Institute for Medical Science (SAIMS) erred.
“The entire transplant and the post-treatment course were handled in an inappropriate manner. The hospital continued to extract money from me, though it being a charity case. They did not perform the medical tests properly,” alleged Sandhya, an LIC agent.
Her husband was operated on March 5 and the organ came through the green corridor, a novel initiative to clear a road for fast movement of a vehicle carrying a donor kidney or liver from one place to another.
Lone transplant failure in 20 cases: Nephrologists
Nephrologists in the city said Shukla’s was the lone transplant failure in 20 cases where organs were transported and transplanted through the green corridor.
They said the body’s rejection to donor organs is normal. “In high-risk cases like this one, body rejection of the organ is very common. A set of tests are performed before the transplant. But then, you cannot predict a number of other factors that a doctor finds after the operation,” said Dr Anil Bandi, nephrologist with Greater Kailash hospital.
As the transplanted organ belongs to an alien body and has poor genetic compatibility, chances of rejection are always present, he said.
However, the patient’s relatives alleged that the hospital should have waived off the treatment cost since the patient was poor.
“My sister and her husband were in financial crisis, battling the kidney ailment of the past 12-13 years. The hospital assured them that the entire procedure will be free. But after the body rejected the organ, we were asked to deposit more money to perform another surgery for its removal,” said Sanjeev Dixit, brother-in-law of the patient.
The hospital authorities refused comment.