Chennai, July 2016: Fifteen years after his hip replacement surgery went wrong, David Tyagaraj has finally got justice. A Consumer Court has ordered the Bharathi Raja Hopsital here and the orthopaedic surgeon who performed the procedure, to pay him a compensation of Rs. 8.3 lakh.

Thyagaraj, a lawyer, had met with a road accident, and was admitted to the hospital. He submitted that the hospital carried out the hip replacement procedure on him with the requisite facilities, or competent doctors.

He submitted that substandard metal plates were used during the surgery, which caused subsequent problems.

The hospital denied his charges, and Tyagaraj himself fought his case.

The surgeon, denying Tyagaraj’s charges, said the patient had been kept under observation for two days, and the surgery had been conducted as per norms. On his part, he alleged that Tyagaraj had not heeded his advice not to walk, or place weight on his right thigh, which had caused problems.

“Nagappan (the orthopaedic surgeon) has no knowledge of treatment of hip replacement and Bharathi Rajaa hospital does not have sufficient infrastructure for conducting such a surgery,” the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Chennai (North) found. It also said the doctor had delayed surgery without valid reason, and that no post-operative care or advice was given to Tyagaraj.


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