Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Row over Alappuzha Medical College turning away patient

ALAPPUZHA: The Alappuzha Medical College Hospital (AMCH) at Vandanam here is in the centre of a controversy after a patient, a youngster who was rendered immobile and suffered memory loss after an accident, was allegedly turned away without being admitted.

The patient, Rajeev, 24, an electrician hailing from Vettiyar in Mavelikara, had sustained critical injuries in a two-wheeler accident at Mavelikara on June 28, following which he was rushed to the Mavelikara Government Hospital. However, owing to lack of advanced treatment facilities there, he was shifted to a private hospital at Thiruvalla.

According to his brother-in-law T.C. Prasad, the treatment at the private hospital was costly and they suggested shifting Rajeev to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital (KMCH) the same day. Rajeev underwent a surgery at the KMCH on June 29. Though he has survived a critical phase, he still is unable to stand on his feet and has a severe loss of memory even 20 days after the surgery. With KMCH authorities telling the family that it would be better to shift him to the AMCH since they had no vacant beds to admit Rajeev, the family brought Rajeev to the AMCH around 3 p.m. on Friday.

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