Tuesday December 12, 2017

Most victims of botched up eye surgery in Barwani can’t be cured

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Indore: It would be difficult to help most of the 45 people, who developed an infection after a botched up cataract surgery in Barwani in Madhya Pradesh last month, to get their eyesight back, a team of doctors from AIIMS-New Delhi said here on Sunday.

Most of the patients developed a severe infection with pus so that as many as 40 of them might not get their vision back, AIIMS ophthalmologist Dr Atul Kumar told reporters, adding that only 4-5 patients would be able to regain their eyesight.

He said the patients were, however, getting the right treatment now in Indore at Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital and Aurobindo Hospital, where they were referred to in the days following the surgery when they began to report complications.

Atul Kumar said it was possible that contaminated water was used for washing the eyes of patients during the surgeries which were carried out in a medical camp organized by the government in Barwani district from November 16 to 24.

The operation theatre, equipment and drugs used in the surgeries were also the subject of an investigation ordered by the state government, he said.

Facing flak, the government has also decided to conduct an infection-audit of operation theatres of all district hospitals.

The public health and family welfare department has directed all its joint directors to conduct the audit.

The team of doctors from AIIMS came here on Sunday on the directions of union Health Minister JP Nadda for review and treatment of patients who had developed an infection.

Those developing infections belong to a group of 86 who underwent cataract surgery at the medical camp. The botched surgeries came to light after the chief medical and health officer of Barwani submitted a report on the eye camp to the joint director of health services, Indore, on Thursday.

On Friday, the state government suspended Dr RS Palod, under whose guidance the camp was organized, assistant Pradeep Chouksey and staff nurses Leela Verma, Maya Chouhan, Vinita Chouksey and Shabana Mansuri.

(Inputs from IANS)

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First Indian doctor in last 5 years and Ex AIIMS head M C Misra Awarded honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra. VOA

New Delhi, May 24, 2017: Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra has been awarded the honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a first for an Indian doctor in the last five years.

The announcement was made on Tuesday evening.

“It is with great pleasure, we write on behalf of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to invite you to accept the award of fellowship ad hominem (Honorary fellowship),” reads the letter for Misra to convey the honor by the premier organization.

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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical practice, through its interest in education, training, and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical workforce.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world and traces its origins to 1505 when the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh were formally incorporated as a craft guild of Edinburgh.

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Today, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an international network with a membership of almost 20,000, in almost 100 countries.

Misra, also a globally renowned trauma expert, retired on January 31, 2017 after serving All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as its director for more than three years. (IANS)

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Girl born with a rare medical condition, heart outside body in Madhya Pradesh

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Chhatarpur (Madhya Pradesh):  A girl, born in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh with a rare medical condition with her heart abnormally located outside the chest, has been shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi for treatment, an official said on Sunday.

The baby girl was born with a rare congenital medical condition called Ectopia Cordis in which the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside of the thorax.

This rare medical condition occurs in eight children per 10 lakh births.

Dr Lakhan Tiwari, Pediatrician at Chhatarpur district hospital, told IANS that the girl was born on April 5 at Khajuraho Health Centre in the district.

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She was brought to the district hospital from where she was referred to the AIIMS.

Dr R.S. Tripathi, Civil Surgeon, Chhatarpur district, said: “The heart is covered by bones and skin in the human body but in this case though her heart was formed completely during embryonic development, the body wall could not mature properly.”

He said: “Keeping in mind the infant’s serious condition, the infant was sent to the All India Institute of Meidcal Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi along with a doctor.” (IANS)

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Can a Patient without Donors advertise for Transplantation?

Delhi High court was faced with the question; Can a common citizen without a donor for transplantcan use the help of media to advertise for his/her cause?

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New Delhi, Mar 4, 2017:  Can the authorities allow a person who has no family donor to advertise to get a volunteer for a kidney transplant? This is a question on which the Delhi High Court looked for the views of the government on Feb 28, this year.

The patient who raised the issue drew the attention of the court to the fact that it is easy in case of celebrities or well-known public figures to get volunteer donors because of media attention but common citizens do not have a right to avail the benefit of such media advertisements.

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Seized with the matter, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, asked the Ministry for Family Health and Welfare to look into various aspects related to the transplantation of kidney raised by the petitioner.

According to PTI reports, The judge also sought the opinion of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and  the apex centre for registry, procurement and distribution of organs and tissues on the plea of the patient who has narrated his ordeal of 15 long years.

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NOTTO’s response was sought as the patient has prayed for scrapping of the body which maintains a registry of donations and transplantation of tissues and organs.

The patient named Vinod Kumar Anand, has suffered the loss of both of his kidneys and the one donated by his wife due to renal problems.

During the hearing, the patient’s advocate, Ashok Aggarwal, was asked by the court to explore the possibility of kidney exchange between his family and that of someone else who also required the organ.

Kidney exchange or ‘swap’ is a simple barter system in which a swap pair consists of a recipient (patient) and a donor (a family member). A swap transplant like this involves an exchange of organs between two families, who cannot donate the organ to their own family member due to the mismatch of a blood group.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang