Kannada Television actor Chethana Raj died on Tuesday of complications from cosmetic surgery she underwent at a private hospital in Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, with her family alleging neglect of part of the hospital.
According to a complaint lodged by her parents at Rajajinagar Police Station, Chethana allegedly underwent a ‘fat free’ operation on May 16, shortly after which she experienced breathing difficulties. Afterwards, she was immediately transferred to Kaade Hospital in Manjunath Nagar, but doctors pronounced her dead.
Deputy Police Commissioner (North) Vinayak Patil told HT that an Unnatural Death Report (UDR) case, under Section 174 of the CrPC, has been registered based on the complaint.
“Around 8:30 a.m. she was admitted to Dr Shetty Hospital. We didn’t know about it. She had gone with friends for the surgery. We only learned about it after she was taken to the operating theatre.
“We went to the hospital, where we were told it would take two hours, then they said four hours. She wasn’t released until 5 p.m.,” the actor’s father, Varadaraju, said. to journalists outside the Rajajinagar police station.
” It was the evening ; they (Dr. Shetty’s hospital staff) had transferred her to another hospital. We were told she had respiratory problems. Doctors said his lungs were filled with water. Around 9 p.m. we were told she was dead,” he added.
According to the complaint, doctors at Kaade Hospital said Chethana had suffered cardiac arrest.
When she arrived at the hospital, doctors examined her and found her unconscious and without a pulse. Soon they started CPR and after trying for about 45 minutes to resuscitate her, doctors pronounced her dead.
The father alleged that Dr Shetty’s hospital did not have enough facilities to undertake such an operation.
“If her (cosmetic) hospital had the facilities, like an intensive care unit, she would have survived. Waiting in hospital and then being transferred to another hospital resulted in death,” Varadaraju said.
Dr. Sandeep V, the critical care intensivist at Kaade Hospital, also filed a report at Basaveshwar Nagar police station, stating that a doctor, Melvin, who is an anesthesiologist, broke into their hospital with a patient (Chethana) around 5:30 p.m. on May 16, “in defiance of all hospital protocols and threatening their safety.”
The complaint reads: ‘Our doctors were forced to toe Dr. Melvin’s line and team up with threats, and although they knew the patient had been brought in dead, they were forced to report only to 6:45 p.m., for the most well-known reasons. for them.
“We strongly oppose this kind of behavior from these doctors and if necessary, we can decide to file a complaint against them. This report is sent to you to bring to your attention this incident which does not seem normal.
Dr. Shetty’s hospital has yet to respond to calls for the hospital’s version of events.
Meanwhile, DCP Patil said that even if the actress’ parents have alleged medical negligence, the police department must follow due process in investigating such cases of medical negligence.
“We have recorded one UDR case as of now. We’ll wait for the post-mortem report. In accordance with procedure, we have referred this case to a group of medical experts. We will take further action regarding the negligence report based on the expert report. For now, the investigation is focused on gathering information about what happened in the hospital,” Patil said.
This is not the first case of people dying in fat reduction surgery in the city. In December 2013, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the descendant of the royal family of Mysore, died of a massive heart attack in Bengaluru. Wadiyar, 60, had undergone two liposuction surgeries against the advice of his 35-year-old family doctor.
Over the past decade, several self-contained daycare centers have sprung up across the country, offering to do cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, and more. at lower rates.
While these procedures are suitable for a daycare, experts say, they should be done in a well-equipped setting.
“A well-equipped daycare setup is internationally acceptable for performing most cosmetic procedures like liposuction as long as high safety standards are maintained and trained specialists perform them on medically stable and fit patients,” said Dr. Sunil Choudhary, Senior Director and Head of Plastic Surgery. , Max Healthcare, New Delhi.
Like many other regulatory provisions that are lacking in this country, there does not appear to be a licensing body specifically designed to govern these daycares.
No organization has a consolidated figure on the number of operational crèches in the country.
Dr. Shraddha Despande, Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospital, Central Mumbai, said in an email interview that the risks of liposuction surgery include bruising and swelling in the area.
More serious complications include fluid overload, pulmonary embolism and pulmonary edema.
“Liposuction surgery involves removing fat from certain stubborn areas of the body that resist diet and exercise. This is performed in any age group between 18 and 65 years old. The patient should be properly assessed before the operation to ensure they are fit to undergo the procedure. Anesthesia risk assessment should also be done,” Despande said.