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Kin of woman who died after routine test may file complaint

mumbai Updated: Sep 08, 2011 01:16 IST
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The family of Yasmin Shaikh, 33, who died after a routine diagnostic procedure at Sion Hospital on Tuesday, is likely to file a complaint with Sion police station on Thursday.

"We are going to file a police complaint on Thursday. We think that the hospital staff made a mistake because of which Yasmin died. Yasmin's husband, Ejaz is not interested in filing a complaint," said Yasmin's younger sister, Kulsum Ibrahim.

Shaikh, who was suffering from pleural effusion where excess fluid accumulates around the lungs, had gone to Sion Hospital for a routine diagnostic test, Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) procedure. On Tuesday, after a senior resident doctor carried out the FNA procedure on Shaikh she collapsed and was declared dead soon after. The hospital sent the body for a post-mortem and the report is awaited pending the histopathological examination of the heart and chemical analysis of the skin.

Independent doctors said that FNA, which is a simple diagnostic procedure, was unlikely to have caused the death. "It can't be an error of procedure," said Dr Nagraj Huilgol, senior radiation oncologist, Nanavati Hospital.

Dr Suleman Merchant, head, radiology department, under whom the senior resident doctor was working, alleged that the doctor was "inexperienced". "There was a shortage of resident doctors in the department." Dr Sandhya Kamat, dean of the hospital said, "There is no shortage of senior resident doctors. The lady could have died due to complications, which strike one in 1000 patients. No action has been taken against the doctor who conducted the test."