Doctor performs hernia surgery on boy instead of nose surgery; suspended

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja on Wednesday ordered the suspension of a government doctor for performing a wrong surgery on a seven-year-old boy.

A statement issued here by the Minister’s office said that the concerned doctor has been suspended and a detailed probe was launched into the incident that took place at the Manjeri Medical College Hospital in Malappuram district.

“There will be no leniency shown on those who err when they engage in treating patients. Those treating patients should do it with the utmost care. A detailed probe has been ordered and the boy will now be treated at state government’s expenses,” Shailaja said in the statement, adding that the boy was recovering well.

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The surgeon instead of a nose surgery, performed a hernia surgery on the boy.

After the incident came to light, the surgeon had first defended his move saying the boy had a hernia and the surgery was performed to remove that.

But he later admitted to his mistake.

The goof up occurred after another boy, who had a similar name as that of the seven-year-old, had come in for a hernia surgery.


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