The parents of 14-year-old Abhijit Gholap have filed a complaint at the Vikhroli police station against Atul Lok Hospital, demanding action against the doctor for alleged negligence. The complainants allege that Abhijit was admitted in the hospital with appendicitis, but the doctor who performed the surgery severed a vein in the process.
The doctor promised to pay medical bills after the incident, but now refuses to keep his word. On June 11, Abhijit’s brother Vinod Ramesh Gholap (32) filed a complaint (copy available with MiD DAY) with the Vikhroli police station.
Abhijit a resident of Robert Chawl, Suryanagar, Vikhroli is a Std IX student and was admitted to Atul Lok Hospital at Tagore Nagar, Vikhroli (East) after complaining of pain and fever on May 9. Dr Sukesh Thakur diagnosed him with appendicitis and performed surgery on May 10, for which a fee of Rs 13,000 was collected in advance.
Thakur later asked for replacement of blood and medicines worth Rs 1,400 and once again after six days, he issued a bill of Rs 8,000. Abhijit’s father, who is unemployed, refused to pay the bill and the doctor attempted to have the patient discharged as a result. Vinod then approached NCP leader Sudhir Singh, Shiv Sena leaders Rajan Hande, Santosh Bhapkar, Uttam Kurhade and Shaligram Meher, who met Thakur.
The doctor then promised to foot the medical bill and even took Abhijit to KEM hospital, where he was diagnosed with Hemoperitoneum (bleeding peritoneum) and operated upon. Since the operation, Abhijit has been under treatment in the ICU. Confirming this, a doctor at KEM Hospital said, “This is a rare case for me and the patient is critical.” Vinod approached Thakur reminding him of the promise he made to foot the medical bills, but he refused to budge.
“Thakur refused to pay a single paisa. He threatened me and told me to go anywhere, but he would not pay the bill. I took a loan on high interest and have spent over Rs 1 lakh on medicine till now. I am a poor man. I can’t understand what to do,” Vinod said.
On June 9, Sudhir Singh complained (copy available with MiD DAY) to the Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum demanding action against the hospital.
The other side
“Before the operation, I came to know there was blood and water in his stomach. The matter was serious and I stopped the operation. I personally took him to KEM hospital. I did not charge the patient for the bed, medicine, ambulance and my operation fees. It is true that I refused to pay him cash, but I never threatened. He (Vinod) himself abused me,” Thakur said.