New Delhi: A Bangalore-based surgeon, who left a gauze pack inside an 18-year-old girl's nose, has been asked to pay Rs 1.1 lakh as compensation after a consumer court found him guilty of "medical negligence."
Rejecting the appeal filed by cosmetic surgeon B. Sadashiv Murthy, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held him guilty as he did not inform Rekha, a management student who underwent the nose job, that the gauze was to be removed within a day of surgery.
"Not removing the gauze pack from the nose cavity is deficiency in service and negligence. This has caused mental agony to Rekha and her parents," said the Commission bench headed by Justice M.B. Shah and member Rajyalakshmi Rao.
"The anguish of this young girl who was shunned by her friends, college staff, hostel mates and was told to stay away from them for no fault of hers is agony and insult beyond doubt," said the Commission.
According to Rekha, her colleagues started distancing themselves from her due to the foul odour from her nose and lodged a complaint with her hostel warden, which resulted in her eviction. She then approached the Karnataka State Consumer Commission, which held the doctor guilty of medical negligence.