Patients who underwent a cataract surgery
at the Pramukh Swami Hospital, Chunnabhatti had decided to approach the police
on grounds of negligence, after four of the nine patients who developed post-operative
bacterial infection had lost their eyesight. However they decided to forgive
the hospital authorities after two patients showed signs of improvement. These patients
were referred to the Hinduja and Lilavati hospitals for further treatment. Retina
consultant at Hinduja hospital, Dr. Pritam Sawant said, "Restoring eyesight of
two patients may not be possible. But in another two cases, we are hopeful of
some recovery of vision, even if minimal."
Pramukh Swami Hospital authorities
said that they were thoroughly investigating the source of infection. Trustee of
the hospital and official spokesperson, Dr. Kiran Doshi said, "We have
performed more than 57,000 eye surgeries and treated over 9 lakh patients in
the outdoor patient department (OPD). Such a thing has never happened before. We
are also deciding on the compensation amount."
JJ hospital Dean, Dr. T.P.Lahane
said that autoclaving surgical instrument on the day of the operative is the
best way to avoid such infections.