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Surgical Error in Kerala: Incorrect Rod Implanted in Patient’s Hand


In an instance of medical malpractice, a physician at the Government Kozhikode Medical College in Kerala implanted the incorrect rod in the patient’s hand after the patient had an accident.


A young person who was admitted to the hospital due to a fracture sustained in a car accident had the orthopaedic surgeon from the Medical College implant the rod that was purchased for a different patient into their hand.

Ajith, 24, underwent surgery the other day to treat the fracture in his right hand, for which he was admitted to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital a week ago.

After the surgery the patient complained of severe pain and an X-ray check revealed that the doctor had implanted a wrong rod on the patient.

The youth’s family said the doctor immediately asked to do another surgery. When they did not agree, the doctor shouted at them.

The mother of Ajith filed a case against the doctor with the Medical College police. She told media persons that the family had purchased medical items worth Rs 3,000 as prescribed by the doctor and added that none of these were used when the surgery was performed.

Recently, at the Kozhikode Medical College, a surgeon performed surgery on a four-year-old girl’s tongue who was admitted for Polydactyly (the condition of having more than a normal number of fingers and toes) for removing her extra finger on a hand.

The family complained to the police and an FIR was registered against the Associate Professor of Surgery at the Institute of Maternal and Child Health at Kozhikode Medical College, Dr. Bejon Johnson, who was suspended from service.

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