Kashmir doctors remove gal bladder instead of appendix

Ganderbal: You might have seen doctors removing one organ instead of other in comedy films, but in Kashmir you can find such incidents in reality. Doctors treating a young woman in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district removed her gal bladder when they were actually supposed to remove her appendix.

Sources at the sub district hospital, where the patient, 22-year-old Aamina, was admitted on August 14, said that doctors told her that her appendix needed to be removed and she would be operated on the evening of same day.
Sources said Dr Rauf and Dr Tariq recommended the removal of appendix. They said that the doctors didn’t recommend her to undergo sonography and ultra sound tests which are necessary for the appendix removal operation.
However, when Aamina had first come for consultancy on August 13, she was asked by the doctor on duty to undergo HB, TLC and DLC tests.
Documents in possession of Kashmir Dispatch show that Aamina was being treated for appendicitis.
Ultrasonography and Doppler sonography provide useful means to detect appendicitis and shows free fluid collection in the right iliac fossa, says a doctor at the hospital, adding, it is strange how else could have been her appendicitis been detected.
Even the theater attendants were told by the doctors to prepare for the appendix removal.
However, when the surgery took place, the doctors removed her gal bladder. Amina’s shocked husband Irfan Ahmad, a resident of Kundbal, about thirteen kilometers from the district centre, told Kashmir Dispatch, ‘though being in the chief minister Omar Abdullah’s constituency, the hospital has become a ‘kasia khana’ – a slaughter house’.
The recent incident comes in the wake of another shameful incident where a young pregnant woman was asked to go home and she delivered a boy on the road.
The incident came as an embarrassment for the government which has been claiming to provide good health facilities and infrastructure to rural Kashmir.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Mehmooda Kar, told Kashmir Dispatch that all the documents of the patient have been sealed and an enquiry has been launched. “A two member team of Dr Athar and Dr Salim has been formed to conduct the enquiry,” she said, adding, the report is expected to come on Saturday and appropriate action would be taken based on the report.

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