The alleged negligence of civil hospital came to fore that doctors at the trauma ward of Civil Hospital took almost 10 hours to decide over the surgery of 16-year-old Raveena, who was admitted without any severe injuries barring fractures in both her legs, but died on Tuesday.
The doctors are blaming 'fat embolism' which caused complications in the surgery and hastened her sudden death. But they have not shown any reason behind the delay of the surgery.
Doctors said the embolism had affected her blood circulation system and stopped blood to lungs and heart due to which Raveena had developed breathing problem during the surgery and the doctors had decided to refer her to Punjab Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) for ventilation facility but PIMS declared her brought dead.
Trauma ward has two ventilators which have been remaining defunct for last two months and the health department's appeal to higher officials also proved futile.
On Thursday, sources in the trauma ward told HT that Raveena was admitted around 11 am on Tuesday and doctors started surgery on one of her legs at 8.45 pm almost after 10 hours since she got injured.
The doctors claim Raveena's death as incidental and due to several routine medical tests, the surgery got delayed. Raveena's cousin, Sarwan Singh said, "The doctors kept Raveena unattended for 10 hours, she would have been alive, had they thought of immediate surgery."
"We should have taken her to a private hospital, instead of Civil Hospital," lamented Sarwan. He added that within two days, the villagers would hold a dharna at Civil Hospital and lodge a complaint for alleging dereliction of duty against the doctors. "An internal inquiry has been initiated into this incident and preliminary investigation revealed that fat embolism caused Raveena's death," Civil Hospital, medical superintendent, Dr. JS Cheema told HT.
However, he failed to give any satisfactory reply when asked about reason behind delayed start of the surgery and said, "We have to arrange several implants for the surgery and this caused the delayed. We have asked authorities of Phillaur Civil Hospital to send a detailed report of Raveena's autopsy. Action will be taken if anyone found guilty."
In-charge of trauma centre and senior medical officer, Dr Inderjeet Khanna said, "Our doctors tried their best to save her."