A local Ajmer court rejected the closure report filed by the police in a case of medical negligence leading to the death of a patient and ordered the police to start prosecution proceedings against the two cardiac surgeons.
The court, in its order on Wednesday, asked the police to start proceedings against the surgeons of Mittal Hospital in Ajmer under Section 304-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for causing the death of a patient due to negligence in treatment.
The judge, Anup Kumar, ordered the police to issue summons to accused Dr Surya (known by his first name) and Dr Pradeep Pokharna of the hospital to be present before the court on October 23 — the next date of hearing. The judge also said that there is enough prima facie evidence of negligence leading to the death of Narendra Pal Singh.
Narendra was admitted to Mittal Hospital with complaints of breathlessness and chest pain on November 3, 2015. After doing an angiography, the doctors found that two of his arteries had more than 90% blockage and suggested a bypass surgery. The patient was operated upon on November 18, but he was put on life support as his condition deteriorated post surgery.
Singh’s son, Jasdeep Singh, said Dr Pokharna told him that there was nothing serious and they were taking good care of the patient. “On 21st morning (November 21), they told me that my father has got a lung infection. They said his blood pressure had fallen sharply and around 2.30 am, they declared him dead,” he added.
According to the postmortem report, the medical board said that the patient died due to shock as a result of a functional failure of coronary artery bypass graft with the contributory effect of “haemorrhage and septicaemia”.
The family alleged that the arterial grafts were the same grafts put in during the operation. “Doctors told us that they had put five grafts but during the autopsy, only three were found,” alleged Jasdeep. “Blood had collected in his abdomen, which had no connection with the surgery,” said Jasdeep.
According to the patient’s prescription, heavy doses of antibiotics and other life-saving injections had been given to him. However, a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report of viscera, a copy of which is with HT, contradicts the claim of the hospital.
“No traces of medicines claimed to have given to the patient were found after chemical examination of viscera and blood sample of the patient,” reads the FSL report.
The FSL report, too, points out that Dr Surya and Dr Pokharna committed gross negligence in treating my father, said Jasdeep.