Doctors deny performing out-of-turn kidney surgery
The two doctors, who performed a kidney transplant on a patient who died within two months of the surgery in 2009, on Friday denied the allegation that they had performed the surgery out-of-turn after receiving money from the patient’s family, reports HT.mumbai Updated: Jul 09, 2011 02:13 IST
The two doctors, who performed a kidney transplant on a patient who died within two months of the surgery in 2009, on Friday denied the allegation that they had performed the surgery out-of-turn after receiving money from the patient’s family.
A committee set up by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to probe the 2009 death of Flavian Kandhari, 33, released its report earlier this week.
The report has pointed out that Dr Martin D’Souza from Nanavati Hospital and the then secretary of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), Dr Vatsala Trivedi, received Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively from Kandhari’s family.
“I was called for the surgery and the Rs 50,000 paid to me was my professional fee. Also, I had taken a cheque and not cash. There is no connection between organ allocation and taking money,” said Dr Trivedi on Friday.
Dr D’Souza said the patient had given him the money on his own. “It was the patient’s wish to give me the money. I returned the money after the allegations were made,” Dr D’Souza said.
Kandhari, a Versova resident, was on the waiting list of the ZTCC to receive a kidney. He received a cadaver kidney allegedly out-of-turn by paying money to the two doctors. However, he died within two months of the surgery. His family had asked for a thorough investigation in its complaint filed with the DMER, which constituted a committee to look into the matter.
Kandhari’s family alleged that the doctors did not inform them that the donor had an autoimmune disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Kandhari died due to the same disorder.