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Bullet-hit patient, needing immediate surgery, lies unattended at civil hospital

Sanjeev Bhalla  Kapurthala, January 29, 2014
First Published: 20:47 IST(29/1/2014) | Last Updated: 20:49 IST(29/1/2014)

With nearly 15 bullet shells pierced in both of his legs, a 20-year-old youth is lying at the local civil hospital at the mercy of doctors for the last four days waiting for a surgery to get rid of foreign particles from his body.

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Basant Singh, a plumber by profession and a 'dholi' as  pastime, was injured during a marriage procession on Saturday night when, all of a sudden, a man opened fire in air to express his joy using his double barrel gun.

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"A bullet had hit the ground and its shells pierced in both of my legs. I fell on the ground and the people present on the occasion got me admitted in the hospital," said Basant while talking to HT.

"On Republic Day, no doctor came to attend to me as all the doctors were reported enjoying a holiday. Nurses administered pain-killer injections only and shifted me to the general ward. On Monday, an X-ray was conducted, which reportedly revealed bullet shells in fifteen different places in my legs," he said.

"We belong to a poor family and cannot afford treatment at costly hospitals. Doctors are saying that before removing bullet shells from the body, they want to have second opinion. It is strange and astonishing. My brother is suffering from acute pain and they are taking it lightly," said Balkar Singh, brother of the victim, who was taking care of his brother since he was admitted to the hospital.
Being a daily wager, the family had also lost source of income, he claimed.

"In the morning today, it was informed to us that surgery would be done today. We have spent nearly `1,000 to arrange the medicines and other materials as informed by hospital staff. The whole day has passed, but nobody came to attend to us," Basant said.

"We are also buying medicines from the market and we have spent over `1,000 for the purpose since my admission here," Basant alleged.
Medical experts, however, claimed that any of the foreign part present in the body should be removed immediately. "It seems strange that why the hospital staff are waiting for too long and what type of second opinion they needed? Moreover, waiting for three days for the surgery is height of negligence," said Dr Rajinder Singh, a surgeon.

Meanwhile, civil surgeon Dr Balbir Singh, when contacted, admitted that there was a need of second opinion before conducting the surgery.

"On my query, it has been informed to me that the shells were present in the foot near the bones. I have directed the doctor concerned to perform surgery on Thursday morning. Why they took so much time for the purpose would be sought in written from the staff concerned. A probe will also be conducted on the issue of acquiring medicines by the patient from the market," he said.

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