28-year-old Heena Khan exhibited symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a fatal disorder of skin and mucous membrane that is triggered by medicinal reaction; in-laws allege medical negligence on the part of doctors who treated her
A 28-year-old Kalyan woman was rushed to the Saifee Hospital in Charni Road after she allegedly consumed wrong medicines given to her to treat common cough and cold by a local doctor. Heena Khan exhibited symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a disorder of skin and mucous membrane that is triggered by medicinal reaction and could prove fatal.
After taking medicines prescribed by the Bhoites for the second time on November 22, Heena’s health went from bad to worse. Within hours, her body bloated and her was covered with large boils and blisters, claimed her husband Mushtaqeen
Heena’s husband Mushtaqeen said the medicines were prescribed by the wife of a local doctor, who attended to Heena and handed over the medicines after discussing her condition over the phone with her husband. The Khans filed a case against Dr Satish Bhoite (MD and MBBS) and his wife Usha (BMS) at the City Bazaar police station on November 29.
Heena, a homemaker and mother of two, was taken to Bhoite’s clinic after she complained of cough, cold and fever, on the morning of November 21. Bhoite’s wife, who was present at the clinic at the time, attended Khan.
“His wife failed to diagnose Heena’s illness following which she called Bhoite and told him about her symptoms. He suggested medication over the phone,” said Mushtaqeen, who owns a small AC repair shop in Kalyan.
He added that after taking the first two doses, Heena complained about mild itching and developed rashes all over her body. “We once again visited Bhoites on November 22 and they gave her medicine for rashes and itching. But after taking it, her health went from bad to worse. Within hours, her body bloated and was covered with large boils and blisters,” Mushtaqeen said.
Terrified, the Khans rushed Heena to Saifee Hospital on November 22 for further treatment. It was here that she was diagn-osed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
“Just yesterday (Saturday) the doctors said she was out of danger. When we admitted her to the hospital, Heena looked as if she had been set ablaze. Those responsible for her condition must be put behind bars, and the medical council must revoke their licences. The move will ensure that they don’t jeopardise anyone’s life in the future,” said Heena’s brother-in-law, Shakeel Khan.
It was Shakeel who suggested that Heena be shifted to the Saifee Hospital immediately. Heena is currently recuperating in the ICU ward of the hospital.
Investigating Officer Raju Nalavade from City Bazaar police station, said, “We requested Saifee Hospital to give us details about her current medication, blood and skin samples, and keep us in the loop about her condition. The samples obtained, along with the medicines prescribed by the Bhoites, have been sent to the JJ Hospital for further test. Appropriate action will be initiated after we get the reports.”
The other side
“Heena had visited our clinic on October 13 and 15. We gave her the same medicines on November 21 that were prescribed during her previous visits. On my suggestion, my wife gave her Oflox 200, Metacin and Cyclopam on November 21. When they came to us the next evening, we prescribed Mox 250, Metacin and Rantac for rashes and itching. The reaction isn’t the outcome of our prescriptions, and the reports will prove our innocence,” said Satish Bhoite.