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Auto driver carries foreign body in his wound for 19 days

Muniasamy with the metal-like object in his hospital bed in Ramanathapuram.— Photo: L. BALACHANDAR

Muniasamy with the metal-like object in his hospital bed in Ramanathapuram.— Photo: L. BALACHANDAR  

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A suspected case of doctors’ apathy in Ramanathapuram Government Hospital

In a suspected case of doctors’ apathy, an autorickshaw driver, who suffered fracture in his leg and injuries after a road accident on August 19, had been undergoing treatment for more than two weeks at the headquarters hospital here with a metal-like object embedded in the wound all these days.

M. Muniasamy (25) of Rameswaram was returning after a ride to Thangachimadam, when his auto collided with a van. In the impact, he suffered a fracture in his left leg and injuries, and a portion of the metal-like or fibre metal object holding the clutch wire, broke and got embedded in the wound.

He was admitted to the headquarters hospital here on August 19 but the doctors could not conduct the surgery as he had high blood sugar, the doctors said. They however, failed to notice the ‘foreign body’ embedded in the wound. A paramedical staff who had been dressing the wounds for the past 10 days also failed to take a close look at the wounds.

As the patient complained of excruciating pain on Monday, the staff examined the wound closely and pulled out the ‘foreign body’ from the wound.

Soosai Rani (23), wife of Mr. Muniasamy, alleged negligence on the part of the doctors and the paramedical staff, and lodged a complaint with Hospital Superintendent D.K. Krishnamoorthy demanding action against those responsible for the lapse.

Dr. Krishnamoorthy said that he would seek explanation from the concerned doctors and paramedical staff and initiate action if there was lapse on their part. He said that the x-ray, which was taken soon after Mr. Muniasamy’s admission, did not cover the injured part of the leg above the knee. Even otherwise, x-ray would not reveal a foreign object if it was not a metal, he said, adding in this case, it appeared to be a fibre metal. The patient was being given good treatment and the surgery for the leg fracture would be conducted after necessary tests, he added.

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