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Indian Born Doctor Convicted Of Manslaughter For Killing Intensive Care Patient

by Gopalan on  February 7, 2009 at 12:36 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Indian Born Doctor Convicted Of Manslaughter For Killing Intensive Care Patient
Dr. Priya Ramnath, an Indian-born doctor, has been convicted of manslaughter for killing an intensive care paient in Britain with an injection of adrenaline ignoring advice of her colleagues. She was given a suspended six-month jail sentence.
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Dr.Ramnath's actions came under a cloud following the death of Mrs.Paricia Leighton in 1998 at the Stafford District General Hospital. The patient died of heart failure after being administered adrenaline by Ramnath. Subsequently an inquest was held at Birmingham.

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The doctor had done so against the advice of three colleagues, the trial was told. She † also failed to speak to a consultant anaesthetist before injecting the drug.

Passing sentence Mrs Justice Rafferty said Ramnath had panicked in the "pressure cooker" of the Stafford hospital's intensive therapy unit.

"Arrogance has cost you your reputation," the judge told the 40-year-old mother of two who now lives in the United States

The 51-year-old Leighton suffered from arthritis and had been admitted to hospital in Cannock after a wound on a bunion on her left foot became infected.

She suffered side-effects from antibiotics and was transferred to Stafford, where she was admitted to intensive care with septic shock.

Ramnath's conviction comes a decade after the initial inquest into the patient's death, which found that she died of natural causes.

A second inquest, held in August 2004, resulted in a verdict of unlawful killing, Sarah Knapton reported for Telegraph.

Source: Medindia
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