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Doctors leave forceps in 33-year-old woman patient’s abdomen

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Hyderabad: In a shocking incident of medical negligence, surgeons at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Andhar Pradesh state capital, left an artery forceps in a patient’s abdomen during a surgery performed three months ago.

The incident came to light on Saturday when an X-ray report revealed that a pair of forceps was embedded in the stomach of Maheshwari Chowdary.

The 33-year-old, a resident of Mangahlat area, had undergone a surgery for hernia on November 2 last year at the government-run super-speciality hospital.

 

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But even after the surgery, she complained of severe abdominal pain and an X-ray report revealed that surgeons had accidentally left the surgery tool in her stomach.

The patient’s relatives staged a protest outside the hospital and lodged a complaint at the Punjagutta police station.

The woman is now admitted for another surgery.

 

Woman complains of abdominal pain, X-ray reveal surgeons left tool in stomach:

 

NIMS Director K. Manohar said a team of gastroenterologists were doing various tests to find out at what depth the artery forceps is embedded and if it has damaged any organ.

He informed that the patient was admitted on October 31 and the surgery was performed by a team of three doctors from surgical gastroenterology.

“The patient was discharged on November 12. Today (Saturday) she was admitted to the hospital after she complained of abdominal pain and the X-ray report revealed that there is an artery forceps in her abdomen,” he said.

 

Woman, NIMS, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, Artery forceps, Hernia, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Regional news

 

He termed the incident as “unfortunate” and the first in the last 30 years.

“We have ordered an inquiry by a three-member team and will take action after we get the final report,” he said.

The inquiry team comprises medical superintendent, dean and a surgical gastroenterologist from Osmania Hospital.

 

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Make those not wearing masks serve at Covid centres: Gujarat HC

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Expressing concern and dissatisfaction over the violating the Covid-19 guidelines in Gujarat, the High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to issue a notification to make those not wearing face masks to perform community services at Covid care centres for five to 15 days.

The High Court also expressed “shock” over the way BJP legislator Kanti Gamit allegedly flouted all Covid-19 protocols and guidelines at a family function. The court also asked what the state government was doing about the issue.

A video clip had gone viral on the social media, wherein over 6,000 persons had gathered at his grandson’s engagement ceremony, most of them without masks and violating all Covid-19 guidelines.

 

“This is shocking and unfortunate. What was the police doing when such a large gathering occurred? We are not at all satisfied with the way the government has handled the situation. Incidents like this make all your efforts till now meaningless.”

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A bench of Chief Justice Vikramnath and Justice JB Pardiwala, during a suo motu hearing on coronavirus and lockdown situation, on which over 50 PILs have been filed, ordered the Gujarat government to issue the notification to ensure social service by face mask norm violators at Covid care centres apart from fine of Rs 1,000.

The HC had last week suggested to the government that as the people were not heeding to the warning of fines, there was a need to make them serve at Covid care centres for eight to 10 days in addition to levy of fines so that they understood the gravity of the pandemic.

Advocate General Kamal Trivedi, appearing for the Gujarat government on Tuesday, had said that the state was unable to act on the HC suggestion and sought another week’s time to decide on the issue.

But the HC refused to give more time and gave the order on Wednesday.

According to the High Court’s suggestion, persons not wearing masks in public shall be asked to perform community services at Covid care centres in the state for 5 to 15 days, at least 4 to 6 hours daily.

The community service shall be of non-medical nature like cleaning, housekeeping, help in cooking and serving food, data preparation etc.

 

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