Hospital vandalized after death of patient

Published On: February 22, 2017 07:52 AM NPT By: Rohit Rai

DHARAN, Feb 22: Locals and relatives of a patient vandalized the Bijayapur Hospital of Dharan after a man admitted for the treatment of abdominal pain died after surgery on Monday.

The hospital had operated on 29 years old Amit Joshi, of Dharan-17 after finding out that he needed surgery for appendicitis. But the patient died after the surgery, according to the family members. So, the family members and locals staged demonstration on the streets from Tuesday morning charging the hospital with negligence.

They had even obstructed the road. The family members were reportedly angered after the hospital called police before informing them about the death. Armed Police Force had to be deployed after the situation got out of hand and the protestors smashed window panes of the hospital.

When the pain in the abdomen became intolerable Joshi himself had reached the hospital on his own motorcycle at around 1 pm on Monday. A team of surgeons led by Dr Roshan Khatiwada started his surgery from 7 pm. Family members were elated when doctors informed them that the surgery was successful but unfortunately their happiness didn’t last.

“After the surgery, he was trembling and we even informed the nurse but she told us that it was because of the medication. But his condition got worse and he started foaming in the mouth and vomited blood,” said Chandramaya Shrestha, sister-in-law of the deceased.

According to family members, the doctors, when asked about the cause of the death, gave some “silly reason”. “They told us that he had sneezed and as a result his respiratory pipe got blocked by his own saliva and he choked to death,” said Shrestha.

The matter was resolved after the hospital authority agreed to pay compensation to the family if investigation showed hospital negligence.

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