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Boy goes for nasal surgery, doc performs hernia operation instead

Press Trust of India  |  Manjeri (Kerala) 

A doctor in Kerala's district performed a on a seven-year-old boy instead of removing a growth in his nasal passage after an apparent a mix-up of the names of two patients.

The boy, Mohammed Danish, was operated for on Tuesday at a medical college in Manjeri town, 175 km north of Kochi, sources said.

The incident came to light when Danish's parents, who are from Karuvarakundu town in the district, saw their son operated in the stomach, instead of removing his

Hospital sources told that there was another patient, named Dhanush, who was supposed to undergo for hernia, and the mistake occurred due to the similarity in their names.

State Health K K Shylaja ordered a probe and suspended the doctor, A Suresh Kumar. "Patients must not suffer due to the negligence of the hospital staff," the said, adding that the boy would be given free treatment.

The has registered a case in connection with the incident.

"There is serious negligence on behalf of the staff including the doctor," rights panel member K said in his interim order. Kumar asked the to submit a report with the statements of all the staff present inside the operation theatre.

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First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 18:46 IST