Bisoi to operate at AIIMS from today
Following a Delhi High Court directive, suspended cardiac surgeon Dr AK Bisoi will resume operating on sick newborns at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences from Saturday, reports Jaya Shroff Bhalla.delhi Updated: Apr 04, 2009 00:26 IST
Following a Delhi High Court directive, suspended cardiac surgeon Dr AK Bisoi will resume operating on sick newborns at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from Saturday.
Soon after receiving court orders on Thursday, AIIMS medical superintendent Dr DK Sharma sent a letter to Bisoi asking him to operate on babies needing arterial switch operations, which is his speciality.
Chief of cardio-vascular surgery Dr A Sampath Kumar, however, said it is not medically advisable to do arterial switch surgeries on babies older than 30 days because it increases the risk to life from 4 to 22 per cent.
“It is the court’s decision, so one has to comply but it is certainly not right to knowingly subject a patient to such high-risk operations,” Kumar said. The increased risk factor had been mentioned in court but Delhi High Court chose to overlook it.
“By allowing Dr Bisoi to perform surgeries, we have complied with the court orders, which were in the interest of the patients. The director, deputy director and department heads — both cardiology and cardiac surgery — have also been sent a copy of the letter,” Sharma said.
The suspension order, however, stands. “AIIMS director Dr RC Deka intends to comply with the court orders. While Dr Bisoi will be intimated about the surgeries by Dr Anita Saxena, professor of paediatric cardiology, under whose care the children are admitted, he still remains suspended,” he said.
The first surgery has been scheduled for Saturday after discussing cases with Dr Saxena.
Bisoi has asked AIIMS to allow currently suspended perfusionist Yogender Chauhan — who operates the heart-lung machine — to assist him. Chauhan was suspended along with Bisoi for allowing a sanitary attendant to function as a perfusionist.