6-Year-Old's Kidney 'Missing' After Surgery

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Kidneys are typically hard to misplace, but the father of a 6-year-old girl alleges a doctor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, removed both of her kidneys during surgery.

Pavan Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, India, brought his daughter to AIIMS after she developed an issue with her left kidney, although her right one was apparently healthy. On March 14, a doctor removed the kidney but a CT scan conducted after the surgery uncovered that both go the girl’s kidneys were gone. 

"I then asked the doctor who, however, did not answer my queries properly. I tried speaking to the AIIMS administration failing which I approached the Hauz Khas police,” Kumar said.

AIIMS has formed a committee to investigate what happened. "The allegations made by the patient's father are of serious nature. A high-powered committee of senior professors has been constituted to probe the matter and clear the issues,” a senior doctor said. "The committee already held a meeting on May 20 and will be again meeting this week and then submit a report to AIIMS administration.”

The doctor claimed the right kidney had to be removed due to complications, but a test of the girl’s kidney on Dec. 8 revealed it was in good condition. "There is a large photopenia noted left renal fossa which does not show any tracer accumulation in early as well as delayed static images while the right kidney appears normal in size, shape and function,” the test results stated.

"The doctors have put my daughter on dialysis now and have asked me to wait for some time so that they can transplant at least one kidney. I don't know that to do. I have told them that if anything happens to my daughter, I will go to court. However, they asked me to remain mum about the issue,” Kumar said. 

The girl’s parents have filed a police report.

Sources: Business-Standard, Times of India

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