Mangaluru: Kin and Others Protest at Hospital over Youth’s Death, Allege Negligence

Mangaluru: Family members, relatives and friends of Mohammed Faizal (23) of Kotekar Beeri, staged a protest in front of Yenepoya Hospital in on Monday, alleging that he had died owing to negligence of the doctors.

Faizal had gone to the Arabian Gulf on employment about a year ago. He had to return home because of a kidney ailment and was admitted to Yenepoya hospital for treatment.

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On Monday afternoon, alleged the relatives, the doctors had asked for blood for his dialysis. It was provided. When the patient died in the evening, the family accused that it was not given to him in time.

The crowd, numbering about 300, demanded action against the doctors. When enquired, the doctors said that the death had occurred in spite of transfusion of blood to the patient.

3 Comments

  1. The patient suffered from a condition called chronic Kidney disease , he also suffered from acute Pancreatitis and septicemia.He has been explained that he has 90% mortality risk in a year, The patient party has signed all the informed consent on the case sheet. He was on dialysis since 1 year through a AV fistula which burst yesterday. The patient was irregular on dialysis and not following his recommended plan of 3 dialysis per week.. Hence was going bad, the patient party who claimed had no money , was given financial support from the hospital. For the last two days he has been advised that requires urgent dialysis and ICU care but his mother was violently protesting against this idea. He was prepared for urgent dialysis through a femoral catheter , but before it could begin he developed complications in the dialysis room and was shifted to the ICU , the patient party refused to allow him to be shifted to the ICU , when the duty Specialist doctor was doing his work the party hindered shifting to the ICU and hence the doctor shifted him to the ICU in the best interest of patient. The patient party who got angry because he was shifted to the ICU , they were violent and CCTV footage has showed all clear evidence how they jeopardized other critically ill people in the ICU and also assaulted two doctors and 1 nurse. Unfortunately the hardworking keenly interested doctor simply suffered for doing his work in best interest of the patient. The resident doctor actually pays a hefty fees and works 18 hours a day for 7 days a week and sees about 50 patients under him . The hospital management chickened out on this whole issue because of ulterior motives. The hospital is a medical college hospital which runs on minimal basic charges with no benefit to the resident doctor nor professor. They work on a fixed salary. We the resident doctors are extremely unhappy, sad and disappointed about the uncultured attitude of these people who receive treatment out of our own money and beat us back.

    • Dear Dr Nawaz,
      I have read your post regarding the unfortunate incident which resulted in anger of the client family towards the care givers. The obvious reason for the rude behaviour of the family was because of lack of effective communication between them and the family. The family did not accept the loss of a loved one and reacted the way they did. If good and skilled social workers were present, they would have helped the family to mediate with the treating team and get essential information from them which they would have explained to the family in a manner that would have been acceptable to them. More often than not the families accept the loss as inevitable especially when they have seen the client suffering for some time. How to break bad news is a subject which every doctor may not be familiar with. I do not think a very junior doctor, however good he may be in his subject knowledge has with him, the skills of communicating bad news. Empathy to family members is the most important thing. Body language and the language used in communication should convey that. The client probably had multi organ failure. The client belonged to a community which is generally very innocent and are big believers of almighty. They know that it is God’s wish. Give them time to accept it. It will be accepted. Your management has not chickened out let me tell you. They are smart people who know that the family grief and anger will cool down given some time. I feel sorry for the doctor who took the direct brunt of the anger. I understand such incidences are on the rise. Medical fraternity is responsible to some extent for the state of affairs. Put yourself in a patient’s shoe to know what they go through.God has given you all the opportunity to serve the people. Every one does not get this chance. May he continue to bless and guide you all.

  2. Firstly, according to Dr Nawaz the patient was on treatment since one year, how is this possible when he arrived here two and a half months ago, from the gulf. He left mangalore on July 18, 2014 for his job in saudi arabia. And he returmed on May 28, 2015 and was admitted to the hospital on this date itself for his treatment.
    Secondly, no financial support was given from the doctors. We paid all the hospital bills how others pay and are supposed to pay.
    Dr Nawaz should stop misguiding people. I urge you to first get your facts correct, before posting such comments socially.
    The docotor did not infuse a single bottle of blood into the patient. His body was shivering all day after his AV fistula burst.
    Dr Santosh wrote to his assistant Dr Roshan, to provide him with 2 bottles of blood. But Dr Roshan did not do what was told despite of frequent reminders from the patient’s family. If CCTV shows we were violent and we created chaos in the MICU, then the footage should also show whether the patient was given blood or not. We want the proof of what the hospital claims.
    People survive on dialysis for years, then why did faisal only could make it to two and a half months? It was solely due to irresponsibility of the doctors and staff.

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