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Three-year-old’s kin accuse hospital of performing wrong ‘surgery’

Three-year-old Lavish Chhabra, who could not speak properly did not know as to what would happen with him inside the operation theatre at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: Oct 07, 2015 20:35 IST
Arjun Sharma
Kanta Rani, the grandmother of Lavish Chhabra in Ludhiana.
Kanta Rani, the grandmother of Lavish Chhabra in Ludhiana.(J S Grewal/HT Photo)

Three-year-old Lavish Chhabra, who could not speak properly did not know as to what would happen with him inside the operation theatre at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on Wednesday. In a major lapse of duty, the doctors allegedly performed an operation on his private part instead of his tongue joint for which he was brought to the hospital.

The treatment caused panic among the family members of the child, who protested and demanded action against the doctors concerned.

A Frenuloplasty surgery of tongue was supposed to be done on Lavish at around 8 am at the civil hospital. Kanta Rani, grandmother of the child, and his uncle Saurabh Chhabra accompanied the child for a minor operation for which Kanta had waited for at least two hours.

Interestingly, the senior doctors of the civil hospital had gone to SAS Nagar to receive a reward of `3 lakh under the Kayakalp programme initiated by the union ministry for health and family welfare under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Senior medical officer (SMO) of the hospital had gone to receive the award at the time when his doctors were causing a blunder.

“We reached the hospital at around 8 am on Wednesday and waited for at least 2 hours until my son asked the doctors to hold the surgery as Lavish was hungry. The doctors ignored us and after sometime asked us to hand over the child to them,” said Kanta Rani.

She informed that after sometime when Lavish was handed back to the family he was continuously crying. “I asked Lavish whether he was having pain in his mouth but he started pointed out at his private part after which I opened his trouser and was shocked to see dressing at the urinal area,” said Kanta.

The family immediately went back to the doctors and asked as to why an operation was performed at the urinal area instead of the tongue. The doctors allegedly told her to bring the child back after sometime and they would hold the tongue surgery.

Surprisingly the surgery was supposed to be done by ENT specialist Dr Puneet Kaur, who was not present inside the operation theatre.

In the meantime, Lavish kept on weeping and was comforted by his grandmother.

As the confusion prevailed some NGOs working inside the civil hospital also came to the rescue of the family. Shivram Saroay of Ann Jal Sewa Trust helped the family after which the matter came to the light.

However, denying any negligence in duty, Dr Milan Verma, surgeon said as per the guidelines we were supposed to examine the patient before holding a surgery anywhere on his body (including tongue). “We found smegma (dirt) on his genital after which it was cleaned. Then when we asked the child if he had eaten something, he nodded his head in affirmation after which it was decided not to hold the tongue surgery,” said Dr Verma.

He said the child was handed over to his grandmother and told that his genital has been cleaned after which she created a scene. “No operation has been performed anywhere on the body of the child,” claimed Dr Verma.