Teen dies of organ failure after botched surgery


Chennai: A teenage footballer Priya R, whose right leg was amputated in an unsuccessful surgery at a government hospital, died on Tuesday due to multiple organ failure.

The 17-year-old girl underwent arthroscopy surgery at the Periyar Nagar Government Hospital in Chennai on November 7 because of pain in her right ligament. After the surgery, Priya complained that she was having pain in her leg but the doctors ignored her.

Casualty Medical Officer DK Somasundar and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics Dr A Paul Ram Shankar were suspended for alleged medical negligence.

Priya was then shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) when her condition started deteriorating. There he had two more surgeries on 9th November.

A doctor from RGGGH told that due to the breakdown of muscles, the amount of protein called myoglobin increases in the urine. This increases the level of creatinine, which leads to kidney failure. After which his blood pressure became low and liver and heart failed.

He was treated in the intensive care unit but his condition did not improve and he died in the early hours of the morning.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramaniam has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim’s family and a government job to one of his brothers.

“We will file a police complaint and initiate action for negligent post-surgery care,” the minister said.

was dear BSc first year student Physical Education, and resident of Vyasarpadi. His father worked as a private security guard.

Priya’s family and friends protested against the hospital and demanded the arrest of the accused doctors.

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