Priya, teenage footballer who lost leg due to medical negligence at Chennai Government Hospital, dies

A week after developing complications from a torn ligament repair, a 17-year-old girl, who had to have her right leg amputated, died of multi-organ failure at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH ) Tuesday morning. , according to a report by The Hindu.

Two doctors at Periyar Nagar Government Outlying Hospital, where she underwent arthroscopic ligament repair surgery, have been suspended for medical negligence.

Health Minister Ma. Subramanian said the young girl, Priya, a soccer player, suffered a ligament tear in her right leg two weeks ago.

R. Priya was a first year B.Sc. Physical Education student and resident of Vyasarpadi.

“She underwent arthroscopic ligament repair procedure at Periyar Nagar Peripheral Government Hospital on November 7. A pressure bandage was applied to prevent bleeding,” the minister added.

Prolonged pressure from the pressure bandage caused a lack of blood flow to the leg, leading to complications.

The minister said the doctors did not notice the pressure caused by the pressure bandage. With resulting complications, the girl was referred to the RGGGH on November 8 where she had to undergo an amputation.

She was admitted to the intensive care unit. Even as treatment continued at the RGGGH, she died of multiple organ failure on Tuesday. His kidneys, liver and heart failed leading to his death, the minister said.

Vasantha Kumari, a physical training instructor at Queen Mary’s College, said that Priya applied for an athletic quota but was unable to get it, but after seeing her interest, the College secured her a place on the course. B.Sc. Physical Education “She played forward and did a month of training with us. We completed the admissions process in August and in September she told the coach that her leg hurt, which we have heard since she was in school. When we heard from the media that her leg had been removed, we thought we were supporting her as much as possible, and when news of her death reached us, we were shocked,” she said.

Joel Joshua, who runs a club called Viyyani Sports Academy in Basin Bridge, said Priya used to play for the club in the 5s and 7s tournaments in Perambur. “She was a good player,” recalls Joel.

Two doctors suspended; face legal action

The Minister of Health had set up a commission of inquiry to examine the case. On Monday, following the filing of the investigation report, the minister indicated that two doctors from the peripheral government hospital would be transferred for medical negligence.

However, following the teenager’s death, he clarified that both doctors will be suspended and will face departmental action. “We are also filing a complaint with the police. They will face legal action,” he said.

Solarium announced

“It is a tragic incident. Her loss cannot be compensated,” he said. The minister said the state government will grant ₹10 lakh solatium to the family and also give government employment to a family member.

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