Doctors of a private hospital here allegedly left an eight-inch-long pair of scissors in the stomach of a cancer patient during surgery. Gurcharan Singh, 55, had been suffering from acute stomach pain ever since he was operated upon six months ago by doctors of Oswal Multispeciality and Cancer Hospital. He had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for several years.
The scissors were discovered when doctors at the civil hospital in Dhanula carried out an e-ray of Gurcharan's stomach on Tuesday. The patient had approached the hospital complaining of extreme stomach pain. "At first we did not believe the e-ray report and went to a private diagnostic centre to get the examination done again," Gurcharan's brother, Mohinder Singh, said. "However, the second report showed the same result."
Medical officer at the civil hospital, Rajesh Kumar, confirmed the authenticity of the e-ray reports. He said the scissors were left in Gurcharan's stomach due to the negligence of doctors, who conducted the surgery and could have posed a serious threat to his life. "The patient was lucky that the scissors did not move and injure sensitive organs of the body," he added.
Meanwhile, Gurcharan's family members, along with local residents, blocked the Sangrur-Barnala road on Thursday night demanding action against the erring doctors. Deputy superintendent of police Harmeek Singh Deol said a board of five senior doctors had been set up to look into the matter. Action would be taken against the doctors of Oswal hospital based on the report of this board, he said.
Gurcharan was referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh to immediately get the scissors removed.