Doctor operates on wrong knee

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A child who had been admitted to Peradeniya Teaching Hospital for treatment of a swelling on her right knee, had had her left knee operated on instead, it was reported yesterday.

Sources revealed that the child, a resident of D.B.Wijetunga Mawatha, Pilimatalawa, had been admitted to hospital on February 20 on account of a swollen knee. A doctor had examined her and decided to operate on her on March 1. The specialist who examined her had afterwards gone abroad on a training course and another doctor had performed the operation.

When the child was discharged from hospital her father had found that the left knee had been operated on and not the right -- which was still swollen.

When this was pointed out to the surgeon by the child’s father, he had said that the child had had a swelling on her left knee as well, and the operation on the right knee would be performed later. He had insisted that the child remain in hospital for another three days for this operation.

The child’s father had lodged a complaint with the Peradeniya Police and also brought this matter to the notice of the director of the hospital. The director had conducted an inquiry and said that the specialist who was abroad would return to the island on the 8th, and a formal inquiry would then be held.

However the child’s parents had taken her away from the hospital and admitted her to another.

The director of the Peradeniya Hospital is to conduct an investigation into the matter. Police are also conducting investigations under the direction of ASP Ananda Ratnasuriya. (Nadeeka Daya Bandara and Senerath Bandara)

Video by Nadeeka Bandara

  Comments - 18

  • Patient Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:47 AM

    Rajitha is abroad. So no Comittee appointed to inquire. via DM Android App

    karu Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:05 AM

    Where is GMOA now via DM Android App

    onlooker Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:47 AM

    Doctors getting influenced by the yahapalana strategy.

    Labby Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:18 PM

    GMOA where are you now?

    Kiri Gamarala Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:31 PM

    Doctors are on a wrong footing these days.

    chandu Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:34 PM

    Polititics for every incident !

    gobbaya Thursday, 03 March 2016 01:13 PM

    thank god it wasnt an amputation via DM Android App

    Shan Thursday, 03 March 2016 01:27 PM

    Where is GMOA? Go on strike for your own mistakes now.

    Justin Thursday, 03 March 2016 02:41 PM

    When the Consultant who recommended knee surgery returns, the matter will end favouring the doctor. Parents of the child must sue for damages for professional negligence.

    sicko Thursday, 03 March 2016 03:35 PM

    Was it Peradeniya or Padeniya.

    REALPATRIAT Thursday, 03 March 2016 04:45 PM

    This is one of thousand cases but most didnt come to light. via DM Android App

    ANTON Thursday, 03 March 2016 04:54 PM


    Fassey Thursday, 03 March 2016 04:56 PM

    They are very very busy over other matters so they will not have time for these medical issues.

    sri lankan Saturday, 05 March 2016 10:50 AM

    Only in Sri Lanka

    karthi Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:30 PM

    Doctors normally take the left turn at Govt.hospitals but take the right turn at the Private hospitals.

    Gona Thursday, 03 March 2016 06:54 AM

    Hope the case wont get hushed up. via DM Android App

    Top Gun Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:16 AM

    These doctors are not concentrating on the patient. They are concentrating on ECTA etc. Time to has a strict code of discipline in the medical field. This should also apply to the private medical clinics and institutions.

    Premalal Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:24 AM

    Doctors are preoccupied with other things including duty free vehicles.

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