Woman’s leg amputated after ‘medical negligence’

HC had earlier ordered best treatment that could avoid amputation

MADURAI

The right leg of M. Pandeeswari, a daily wager and mother of two children, was amputated at Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) on Saturday after she developed blood clot on the leg due to alleged medical negligence after a surgery done earlier this month.

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, in its interim order on Wednesday, had asked GRH to shift the patient to other hospitals if necessary and provide best treatment so as to avoid amputation. However, doctors at GRH said that amputation was inevitable since the condition of her leg had worsened significantly over the days.

The earlier surgery happened at the District Headquarters Hospital in Virudhunagar on May 2, 2019. A hysterectomy was performed to remove her uterus after she reported at the hospital a day before complaining severe stomach pain.

According to the affidavit filed by her husband I. Mahalingam through his counsel R. Alagumani in the court, she experienced severe pain on her right leg soon after the surgery. On May 3, she was transfused one unit of blood, but her pain continued to worsen.

On May 8, another doctor, who examined her at the hospital, reportedly reprimanded the nursing staff for not ensuring adequate care. On May 9, she was shifted to GRH. In his affidavit, Mr. Mahalingam alleged that even the doctors at GRH did not ensure proper care despite him raising the issue with them.

“After the court order, authorities at GRH asked us if we want her to be shifted to another hospital. Since my wife was in unbearable pain, we preferred to continue at GRH. Today, a surgery was performed to amputate her limb since doctors said it was necessary,” Mr. Mahalingam, who also works as a daily wager, said.

“My wife, who was working, is going to be immobile now. I am scared about how she is going to cope up. We have two children studying Class 7 and Class 5,” he said.

In the petition to the court, Mr. Mahalingam had also sought compensation from the government. The court had ordered Dean of GRH to submit a comprehensive report on the case.

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