The procedure was carried out by top heart specialists…
When Thane-based Mithulal Bafna raised more than 43 lakh for his wife’s heart surgery, he had hoped that she would be receiving top medical care. He was given a ‘200% guarantee’ as well, as reported by a leading English daily. But his dreams of seeing his 56-year-old wife healthy and happy, shattered when the Hinduja Hospital’s so-called top heart specialists failed in carrying out the procedure; the heart valve fell into her heart during the surgery, resulting in her death.
Bafna has said that doctors had given him assurance that the procedure was 200% safe and it will take his wife less than a week to recover. But as fate would have it, she left the hospital unconscious after two months and passed away in an ambulance on December 19.
The hospital refunded Rs 12.47 lakh to the senior citizen on “humanitarian grounds” after Bafna’s complaints. His medical insurance paid him Rs 11 lakh.
A broken man, Bafna registered a complaint to the Maharashtra Medical Council.
The hospital, on the other hand, claims that no negligence occurred, as reported by a leading English daily.
The doctors too were quoted saying that “valves slip away after placement in 20% of these cases. This is valve embolism, a well-documented entity.”
But the Bafna family allege that they were not forewarned on the risks involved.
The report further states that there are other discrepancies too. The papers of the imported heart valve put the cost at Rs 1.5 lakh whereas 60-year-old Bafna paid Rs 11 lakh for the same.
The total cost was pegged at Rs 20 lakh but it inflated to Rs 43 lakh at the end of Manju’s discharge from the hospital two months later.
Manju Bafna had had an open heart surgery six years ago for aortic and mitral valve replacement. Doctors were successful in replacing the aortic valve but only managed to ‘repair’ the mitral valve. But as she experienced breathlessness again six months ago, a second surgery of the same nature was too risky so a valve replacement surgery was planned, resulting in her Manju Bafna’s death