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JIPMER director denies allegation of conducting surgery in wrong leg

Chennai, April 26(BPNS)

Jawaharlal Institute of PostGraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) director, Dr Rakesh Aggarwal has in a statement denied the institute having conducted surgery on the wrong leg of a patient as alleged by some of the relatives of the patient.

The director, in a statement said that an accident victim was admitted to JIPMER on April 20  and he was evaluated and operated upon by a team of orthopedic and cardiovascular surgeons to repair bone fracture and injury to the main artery of one of the legs.

However a vein graft was conducted from the other leg as blood supply to the injured leg was low and the blood supply to the injured leg was insufficient.

Dr Aggarwal said that a large crowd had  gathered before the hospital after JIPMER intimated the family of the patient’s family that if blood supply to the leg did not improve, the leg had to be amputated. The director in the release stated that the crowd dispersed only after police intervention.

The director in his statement said, “There are reports circulating that the surgery was performed on the wrong leg but the sutures on the other limb was owing to the vein graft done in that leg”.