Mumbai: A recent incident reported in the media while narrating the incident of Actor Aamir Khan coming out late in the night to help out the a former colleague admitted in a hospital, seems to have directed a number of allegations towards the doctors and the hospital in question
While a lot of media platforms hailed Aamir as a hero for promptly shifting his former colleague to another hospital for better treatment, the hospital that the patient was first admitted in, was seen stating that while the shifting of the patient to one medical facility to another is not wrong, but the patient acquaintances blaming the hospital for not paying heed to the long-suffering, certainly is.
Mumbai Mirror first reported about the case of award winning sound designer Shajith Koyeri, who worked with the actor on the sets of the mega box-office hit Dangal, and was admitted with high levels of creatinine at the Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital on 4th September.
According to the media account, Aamir came to know about the patient’s condition when the patient’s family contacted him alleging that the doctors and the hospital staff at Lilavati Hospital is not providing adequate aid to the patient and his condition is deteriorating by the minute. immediately to help a former colleague, the actor contact industrialist Anil Ambani’s family, which owns and runs the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri.
By 3 am, the patient had been moved to the Andheri hospital and on two days later, doctors there said that the patient was stable.
Alleging negligence and lack of proper care by the doctors at Lilavati hospital the patient’s brother-in-law stated to the media the patient was rushed to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) after his MRI report confirmed that he had a stroke. The family alleged the Lilavati hospital did “nothing”, though the patient repeatedly complained of extreme uneasiness.
The family alleged that they kept asking the hospital staff for hours about a doctor to come and treat the patient but no one came, and the ICU staff kept saying they were waiting for a doctor to arrive. Frustrated, the relative reportedly asked the staff, “Is this how you treat a patient who has suffered a stroke?”
The family further alleged that while a junior doctor noticed eye paralysis on early morning on 6th September, the patient was wheeled in for an MRI only at 5.30 in the evening. “A cardiologist checked Koyeri six hours after the MRI scan,” a relative alleged.
As the patient’s condition worsened, the relatives decided to seek Aamir’s help, Mumbai Mirror added.
Lilavati hospital doctors, however, denied there was any negligence on their part and have called all the allegations nothing but baseless.
Dr Hemant Mehta, Consultant Nephrologist, confirmed that when the patient was admitted to the hospital he was on the verge of kidney failure. “He was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. He also suffered from piles, and had to be given the blood transfusion to make up for the blood loss,” Dr Mehta said.
It was on 6th September morning that his assistant noticed right eye paralysis and rushed Koyeri for an MRI, Dr Mehta added while informing, “Soon after Koyeri was shifted to the ICU, he also suffered a heart attack,” and stated that treatment for heart attack and brain stroke both were started immediately.
Later, when the doctor was further questioned as to why the patient was not given a clot-dissolving injection which is a mandatory step in medical science for a stroke patient, the doctor emphasized that as he was at risk of a kidney failure, it wasn’t advisable. “The family was not willing to wait till the next morning when we had arranged for a neurologist to see the patient,” he added while talking to Times Now.
In the year 2012, Actor Aamir Khan had run into a controversy with the medical fraternity after an episode in his popular Talk Show – Satyamev Jayate talked about rising instances of medical negligence in the country . The actor was blamed for ‘lopsided representation of malpractices supposedly perpetrated by doctors on national television for TRPs’