A senior scientist, Dr Surendra Pratap Singh (53), undergoing cancer treatment at Bombay Hospital died on Friday. His family has filed a police complaint alleging that medical negligence and wrong treatment led to his death.
Singh, who was with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Goa, was suffering from multiple myeloma (cancer of the white blood cells).
Dr R.V. Patil, joint director, medical services, Bombay Hospital, said doctors had followed standard treatment protocol for Singh. “Four doctors were involved in the patient’s treatment. As for the medical negligence allegations, the police are investigating the matter,” Patil said.
Singh’s daughter Shweta (23) said her father, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April, had been undergoing chemotherapy at Bombay Hospital since July.
“His health deteriorated after the fourth chemotherapy cycle and he was shifted to the ICU on August 11,” she said.
“Dr M.D. Agarwal, who was treating him, suggested that my father be administered gamma globulin injections to boost his immunity. From August 22 to 26, he was given five injections everyday [25 in all], after which the condition of his lung deteriorated rapidly and led to his death.”
“After completing two chemotherapy cycles in July, we were told that my father is cured completely. How did his condition worsen then?” said Shweta, adding that each of the injections cost Rs 34,000.
Senior oncologist Dr S.H. Advani, who consults at several hospitals, including Jaslok, and has more than 25 years of experience, however, said gamma globulin injections don’t cause harm.
“Gamma globulins are antibodies that help boost immunity and are commonly used in cancer patients to prevent recurrent infections. They do not do any harm,” said Advani.
A case has been registered with JJ Marg police station.
“We have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating the matter. His body has been sent for post-mortem and we are waiting for the report,” said Vilas Marathe, assistant commissioner of police.