Kidney transplant patient's death: State human rights body orders probe

Individuals who rushed the kidney to the medical college waiting in front of the operation theatre

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has ordered a probe into the death of a patient due to an alleged delay in kidney transplant surgery at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. It is learnt that two human rights activists GS Sreekumar and Jose Y Das approached SHRC with a complaint.

This comes after the health department ordered an inquiry into the alleged incident.

The human rights body has directed the Medical Education Director to study the complaint and submit a report on it within four weeks.

According to the complaint, lapses of the medical college officials led to the death of the patient. The complaint pertains to the incident that happened on Sunday. A patient awaiting a kidney transplant died due to a four-hour delay in surgical procedures.

The kidney was transported from Ernakulam via ambulance and reached Thiruvananthapuram on time. However, the surgery got delayed and the patient breathed his last.

The kidney of a 34-year-old patient who died on Saturday at Rajagiri hospital in Ernakulam was brought to Medical College on Sunday. The brain death of the donor was confirmed on Saturday. At around 4 am on Sunday, two doctors headed to Rajagiri hospital from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in a private ambulance to collect the organ. They reached Rajagiri Hospital at 10 am and returned to Thiruvananthapuram by 3 pm. The traffic was controlled in the area to facilitate the journey of the ambulance without any delay. However, the medical college authorities were not prepared to conduct the surgery. They were well aware that the surgery was to take place on the day.

The hospital authorities maintained that the delay in dialysis procedures resulted in the tragic incident. However, it was revealed that the hospital failed to conduct dialysis procedures on time even as the ambulance started its journey from Ernakulam. It is alleged there was a serious lapse on the part of the Nephrology and Urology departments.

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