Featured Image: A file photo of the deceased woman.
In modern-day health care, causing damage to an artery during angiography has become rare.
The bereaved sons of Namita Banik (50) from Kaliayaganj in North Dinajpur have lodged a complaint with police against two doctors of the hospital accusing them of causing the death of their mother by negligence.
The two doctors named in the complaint to Bhowanipore police station are ~ head of cardiology department Sankar Chandra Mandal and resident medical officer in the department Asit Das.
Police have said that they will refer the matter to the health department after getting the post-mortem report. Manimay Banerjee, the medical superintendent of SSKM Hospital, has assured the family of conducting a separate internal probe.
Incidentally, the deceased woman had come to SSKM Hospital on 9 December accompanying her husband Ganesh Banik (62) for the treatment of renal ailments. They were accompanied by two adult sons.
The hospital did not find anything critical in the husband that warranted hospitalisation and advised him to go home on prescribing medication. Before returning to North Dinajpur, which is an overnight journey from Kolkata, Namita Banik decided to undergo a check-up for chest pain that bothered her occasionally.
On conducting an ECG on her, doctors in the cardiology department advised that she should undergo an angiography to look for blockades in her heart and admitted her on 11 December. On 13 December, the angiography was performed and during this, the doctors allegedly ruptured one of her arteries.
“My mother was admitted under Dr. Mandal but the angiography was performed by some junior doctors and Dr. Mandal did not even supervise. As my mother was not taken out of the OT after three hours, I enquired, only to be told that an artery of my mother had been damaged while inserting the catheter,” said Pratim Banik, her eldest son.
Subsequently, a surgery was done on her to repair the damaged artery but instead of recovering, the woman turned critical. She was shifted to the ICU on 13 December itself.
Sensing that something was amiss, Pratim submitted a written prayer to the hospital super on 18 December requesting proper treatment and a probe into the wrongdoing during angiography.
“But we did not witness any seriousness in her treatment even after that and today morning they told us that my mother has expired. It is because of their negligence that we have lost our healthy mother,” Pratim said sobbing incessantly.
The family is still camping in Kolkata for the body to be handed to them tomorrow after post-mortem.