A team of doctors at Medanta--The Medicity hospital in Gurgaon has been accused of medical negligence leading to the death of a donor during a liver transplant operation. A case of causing death due to negligence has been registered.
Rohit Chadha, 40, had donated his liver to his brother-in-law Sunil Bedi during a transplant operation at Medanta--The Medicity on May 7 and died in Intensive Care Unit of the hospital on May 30 after he caught septicaemia.
The case was registered under Section 304 (A) (causing death due to negligence) at Gurgaon Sadar police station on June 30 based on the complaint of the victim’s brother Suman Chadha, a resident of Sector 18, Rohini.
The complainant in the First Information Report has said that medical tests conducted on Rohit on April 5 and April 20 for confirmation of his fitness as donor had affirmed “that the donor was not medically fit for donating the liver”, but the doctors still decided “to cut money”.
The complainant has also accused the team of doctors of transplanting 69 per cent of Rohit’s liver to Sunil as opposed to 50 per cent promised in the NOC signed by the family.
“The person having hepatic cysts/hemangioma with a focal area of fatty infiltration was not fit for donation of liver and the doctors were so inhuman that they detached 69 per cent of the liver of my ailing brother,” said the complainant in the FIR.
The complainant further said that when the family asked the doctors to perform liver dialysis on Rohit as suggested by the doctors of two private hospitals in Delhi as second opinion, the Medanta doctors sought help from a private hospital in Delhi to arrange for a dialysis machine. “This clearly indicates that the Medanta hospital did not have this technology with them or they could have performed dialysis earlier and Rohit would have been saved.”
The complainant has also accused the doctors of keeping the family in the dark about the actual medical condition of Rohit at different stages of the treatment. “…there was no communication between the doctors and my family about the success of the operation despite several enquiries made by the family,” said the FIR.
Later, the complainant said, “Rohit’s breathing problem continued to worsen with no improvement…, but doctors maintained till the last that everything was reversible.”
The complainant has also accused the hospital authorities of using police force and bouncers for threatening the family and stopping them from visiting Rohit in ICU.
“Donor not medically fit for donating the liver, said the test reports”