Nilambur: In an instance of gross medical negligence, a doctor at the district hospital here operated on the wrong leg of a 57-year-old woman.
The surgery was supposed to remove a rod which was inserted in the left leg of Ayisha to treat a fracture she had sustained 18 months ago, but the operation was done on her right leg. It is learnt that old injury marks on Ayisha’s right leg would have misled the doctor to cut open the wrong limb.
Ayisha had approached the same orthopedic surgeon, who had carried out the earlier operation to fix the rod, and relevant X-ray films were shown to the doctor. She claimed that though the mistake was pointed out during the surgery, no one heeded to her. When the goof-up came to light, the doctor surgically removed the implant from her left leg.
The hospital superintendent, meanwhile, claimed the patient herself had pointed to the right leg when the surgeon asked her about the problematic limb before the operation.
Shaukath, Ayisha’s son, said that complaints against the doctor would be given to the district medical officer and hospital superintendent.