India’s premier institute All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS has always been in the news of late, both for positive or negative surgeries. While las month’s brain-incision surgery to correct epilepsy made the institute proud of its achievements, this week another news turned around the publicity for AIIMS.
A poor father of six-year-old daughter alleged that the surgeons have removed her two kidneys during surgery, shocking the nation that has trusted the AIIMS beyond doubt till now.
While the institute has ordered a probe, saying “The allegations made by the patient’s father are of serious nature. A High-Powered Committee of senior professors has been constituted,” the father of the child, Pavan Kumar from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh is running from pillar to post in the centre of India’s power and mighty capital.
The first report of AIIMS dated December 8, 2014 says the right kidney was in good condition. It read: “There is a large photopenia noted left renal fossa which does not show any tracer accumulation in early as well as delayed static images while the right kidney appears normal in size, shape and function.”
Following the operation to remove the affected kidney on March 14, the girl complained of severe pain and a CT scan revealed that there was no kidney visible, the father of the child complained. When the doctor and the AIIMS administration failed to respond, the hapless father approached the Hauz Khas police.
The AIIMS, incidentally, shifted its anti-corruption officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi recently, indicating the turn of events taking place in the country’s premier medical institute. When Chaturvedi was shunted out, there were allegations that the then Union Health minister Harsh Vardhan’s decision was “motivated” and not as per the rule book, said doctors who had signed a memorandum to the effect.
As alleged in the memorandum, the move showed how the implications would be when anti-corruption drive takes backbench at the AIIMS. Missing Kidneys!