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Panel finds negligence accusations against woman-son doctor duo true

Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, September 27, 2013
First Published: 19:36 IST(27/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:38 IST(27/9/2013)

Two city-based doctors Dr Rama Sofat and her son Dr Amit Sofat have been found guilty of removing both ovaries of a woman in an inquiry conducted by a board of doctors constituted by the civil surgeon.

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However, the doctors have demanded re-investigation in this case from director, department of health and family welfare, Punjab.

The inquiry was marked by civil surgeon Dr Subash Batta in December 2012. The board of doctors comprising Dr Neelam, Dr Suresh Kaushal and Dr Hitinder Singh was constituted under the chairmanship of district family welfare officer Dr Maninder Singh.

Geeta Rani alias Geeta Dewan (41) had accused the two doctors of Dr Rama Sofat Hospital, Ludhiana, of removing her uterus and two ovaries without taking her consent in July 2008. However, the woman filed a complaint against the doctors only in December 2012, four years after the surgery.

Dr Singh confirmed that the doctors had been found guilty of removing both ovaries of the patient. However, they gave the doctors a clean chit for removing the uterus.

"The board found that Rani was suffering from chronic cervicitis. In these cases, a hysterectomy (removal of uterus and cervix) is justified if other treatments fail, which Rani had probably taken from outside," the board's report stated.

Dr Singh in his report stated that according to the board, the removal of both ovaries in this case could not be justified in a young female aged 36 on the mere grounds of them being cystic. The ovaries had simple physiological cysts, which were normal, the report added.

According to the board sudden withdrawal of hormones in a young female could lead to severe menopausal symptoms, including depression, and at least one ovary in this case should have been retained.

Meanwhile, Dr Amit Sofat denied the allegations levelled by Rani and questioned the inquiry report. "We had taken consent for both removal of uterus and ovaries. After operation the patient was discharged without any complications. Later, the patient and her husband came to our hospital and blackmailed us in 2012," he claimed.

"We have requested the director of health and family welfare to conduct a re-inquiry in this case by specialists so that we can get justice," he added.

"The board did not include any senior gynaecologist, which is not justified. The ovaries were removed as one of them got six times enlarged, while the second one enlarged two times than normal. The patient could have suffered from cancer if we did not remove the ovaries. Besides, we had taken the patient's consent before removing the ovaries," Dr Amit added.

Meanwhile, Rani has sought take strict action against the doctors, adding that she went into depression after her surgery.

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