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The case of the missing kidney: Faulty medical report says Pune two-year-old’s kidney ‘not visualised’

A day after parents of a two-year-old alleged that the kidney of their son went missing after he underwent surgery, doctors from the Sassoon General Hospital said that lack of proper communication on their part led the parents to assume that the right kidney of the boy was missing which is not true.

pune Updated: Dec 19, 2017 17:56 IST
Shalaka Shinde and Jui Dharwadkar
Shalaka Shinde and Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Doctors from the hospital said that a computed tomography (CT) scan was conducted on the two-year-old boy Faijal Tamboli on December 15 which confirmed that the boy has both the kidneys at the normal location with the right one being smaller and appears atrophic. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Parents of Faijal, a two-year-old boy, were left panic-stricken after his USG report claimed that a kidney could not be visualised. Faijal’s father, a daily wage labourer, and his father, along with activists, were forced to raise the matter with the hospital authorities after the doctors failed to provide them with a satisfactory answer when questioned about the statement in the report which said “kidney not visualised”. A day after parents of the two-year-old alleged that the kidney of their son went missing after he underwent surgery, doctors from the Sassoon General Hospital said that lack of proper communication on their part led the parents to assume that the right kidney of the boy was missing which is not true.

Doctors from the hospital said that a computed tomography (CT) scan was conducted on the two-year-old boy Faijal Tamboli on December 15 which confirmed that the boy has both the kidneys at the normal location with the right one being smaller and appears atrophic.

The child was born without a rectum, creating roadblocks for excretion and making it difficult for the child to pass motion. The child underwent colostomy to reverse the effects and has undergone four surgeries, according to the parents.

Deputy dean Dr Murlidhar Tambe told media persons on Monday, “Sonography is not a definitive diagnostic investigation. In the sonography, because the right kidney is very small it was not seen and the reports too mentioned that it is not visualised. The reports never mentioned that the kidney was absent or missing. The CT scan was then conducted which now shows that both the kidneys are seen at the normal location. The right kidney is small measuring 1.6x0.5cm.”

Dr Meenaxi Bhosale, who operated on Faijal, said, “Faijal Tamboli was admitted as a newborn baby at the Sassoon General Hospital on December 31, 2015. He was suffering from anorectal malformation which is quite common in India. Anorectal malformation babies commonly have problems of other organ systems which are co-existent. These babies have cardiac, spinal and gastrointestinal anomalies.”

Dr Bhosale said that Faijal has undergone four major surgeries so far.

She said that the parents have been asked to get a renal scan done after which further treatment of the boy will be planned. Afreen Tamboli, mother of the child said that the doctors had not informed them regarding the size of the right kidney due to the child's precondition.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 17:55 IST