May 27, 2012 at 10:57am IST

Boy with ear ailment circumcised in hospital

BELLARY: Tension prevailed at the V S Hospital in the city on Saturday, when parents of a four-year-old boy alleged that their son was mistakenly circumcised while he needed a lymphod surgery.
Rohith, the son of Vaikunta and Sheshamma, hailing from Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh, was admitted to V S Hospital at BUDA Complex near Moti Circle as a lump on his left ear needed to be removed surgically.
Another boy was admitted to the hospital at the same time complaining of a urological problem.
Hospital doctor Chennanna allegedly performed the surgery on Rohith’s abdomen without verifying facts around 6 am on Saturday, alleged his parents.
Rohith’s parents noticed that the lump in his ear was not removed, only to realise that the surgery was performed in his  abdomen. An embarrassed Dr Chennanna wasting no time performed another surgery to rectify his  mistake and removed the lump in the boy’s left ear. “Dr Chennanna left the spot in a huff,” the parents said.
However, Dr Chennanna told Express that he had performed the surgeries on the patient only after consent of the boy’s mother. “The boy’s mother asked me to perform the circumcision as well; the two surgeries were performed simultaneously and the boy is in good health,” he added.  Rohit was under severe pain owing to the surgeries. He was later shifted to the Vijaynagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) Bellary president Dr Vidhyadhar told Express that the parents are yet to file any complaint.
He added that Dr Chennanna called him over phone and apprised him on the issue. “The doctor has been advised to file a clarification on the matter with the IMA by Saturday night, following which an emergency meeting will be convened to decide on the issue,” he said.
Dr Vidhyadhar added that the surgery was minor and the boy’s doing well.
Meanwhile, DHO Srikanth Basur told Express: “I have no information on the incident. Whatever I know is what media reported.”
VIMS director was unresponsive to Express’ attempts to contact him.