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Woman’s hands, feet amputated at hospital; family cries foul

Family of a 44-year-old woman has lodged a police complaint alleging that doctors of a top private hospital here have amputated both her hands and feet following an intestinal surgery without their consent, a charge denied by the hospital.

Premwati, a resident of Shahbad Mohammadpur of South-west Delhi, had complained of stomach pain and fever following which she was admitted to Max Hospital in Saket in <g data-gr-id="27">August7</g>, according to the brother of the patient.

Doctors, after carrying out the necessary investigations, said that the patient had <g data-gr-id="21">perforation</g> of the intestine and required an operation.

“The doctors said that they wanted to operate her and we gave our consent. But, after the surgery, doctors said that she has developed severe sepsis and that they have to cut <g data-gr-id="28">couple</g> of her fingers which had got infected.

“But then, without our consent, they amputated her both the hands and feet which <g data-gr-id="24">is</g> not acceptable,” said the brother P R Saini.

However, according to Max hospital authorities, after evaluation of Premwati she was diagnosed with septic shock, acute renal failure and perforation of the intestine and was immediately taken up for life saving emergency surgery on August 7. Post-surgery, she was shifted to surgical ICU, where she was on ventilator support and inotropic support due to her critical condition, they said. The Max authorities claimed that they took consent from the patient’s attendants before the amputation surgery.

“Because of acute septicaemia, she developed gangrene of both upper and lower limb. The patient underwent amputation of the gangrenous parts by the orthopaedic team after thorough pre-operative evaluation and consent from the patient’s attendants. 
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