Priya, a 17-year-old footballer who lost a leg after doctors allegedly botched her surgery, died today in a Chennai hospital.
Priya lost her leg on Monday after two follow-up surgeries at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai since the first surgery on November 7. Two doctors have been suspended, and the minister of health has promised legal action.
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After suffering a ligament tear in her right knee, the girl underwent arthroscopy repair surgery, but complications caused her leg to be amputated. She died early Tuesday morning from multiple organ failure.
The gross medical negligence that led to the death of football player Priya is only tip of the iceberg. No one has any idea of how many such cases occur in both Govt and private sector. There is no audit of quality of care delivery in India and death audit done is often a farce
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) November 15, 2022
Tamil Nadu BJP chief Annamalai slammed the DMK-led state government, demanding that the family member be given a government job and a solatium of Rs 2 crore.
“Shocking news of college student, football player sister Priya’s death at Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital, Chennai due to wrong treatment by government doctors during surgery,” he tweeted.
அறுவை சிகிச்சையின் போது அரசு மருத்துவர்கள் தவறான சிகிச்சை வழங்கியதால் கல்லூரி மாணவி, கால்பந்து வீராங்கனை சகோதரி பிரியா சென்னை ராஜீவ் காந்தி அரசு மருத்துவமனையில் உயிரிழந்த செய்தி அதிர்ச்சி அளிக்கிறது. (1/3)
— K.Annamalai (@annamalai_k) November 15, 2022
On November 7, the initial surgery was performed at the Periyar Nagar hospital, and Priya began complaining of leg pain that evening. The doctors prescribed a tight compression bandage and pain relievers. She was transferred to RGGGH the next morning due to a suspected blood clot in her leg. Following a battery of tests, RGGGH doctors informed Priya’s family that the tissues in her right leg were dead. Only an amputation, they said, could save her life.
R. Priya was a first-year Physical Education student at Queen Mary’s College in Chennai.