Kidney Specialist vs SMJ- claims improper research

nikitagmc IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 07 June 2012 at 4:14am | IP Logged
Dr. Sreedhar, the nephrologist who had been accused of negligence, along with Fortis hospital has accused Amir Khan and his team of improper research. He has submitted the entire case history of Mrs. Seema Rai along with all related documents. Here is the complete article:
It's quite long and there are a lot of medical terminlogies. Here is the article in a nutshell in case anyone is interested:
1.) He is a highly reputed doctor from USA and has practiced there for lots of years before returning in 2003. He explained everything that happened, why each and every step was taken. He said the main problem that occured was Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) which is a bleeding condition and septic shock or infection in lay man language. (After transplant surgeries, patients have to be given immunosuppressives which increase infection risk. Patients with diabetes and kidney failure have a high infection rate as it is.)
2.) He clarified about the blood transfusion thing and platelets as well. 33 units of blood were given which is equal to 13 litres of blood and also platelets were given. (since the patient was bleeding bcos of DIC)
3.) Valid consent was taken during each and every step of the surgery. Mr Rai was grateful to him and his team for doing his best.
4.) Later when Mr. Rai filed the court case on him two years back, the whole case was investigated from a scratch. Karnataka Medical Council gave him a clean chit after one year of thorough investigation and said there was no negligence. Surprisingly when Mr. Rai filed the court case, he did not mention about the 'lack of valid consent' at all which he mentioned in SMJ. Mr. Rai then took up the case with the MCI, the verdict for which has not been passed yet.
5.) The official spokesperson of SMJ has not yet reverted back to the mails and documents sent by the nephrologist telling his side of the story.
Another article by The Hoot:
1.) Independent opinions by four reputed surgeons from four different hospitals of India and one of Brooklyn have diluted Rai's claims. The article says that none of such assessment was done on the show and only Mr. Rai's words were taken as the truth.
2.) The Hoot claims to have copy of original consent forms signed by Mr. Rai prior to his wife's surgery.
3.) Mr. Rai had not mentioned on the show that he has filed a case in consumer forum seeking Rs.84,55,933.
The Hoot also analysed where Aamir went wrong in this episode, saying that if you are making such serious accusations, you have to allow the other party to give their side of the story too, just as it is in journalism. Here, the KMC had declared the nephrologist as not guilty, and the MCI has yet to pass a decision, yet only Mr. Rai's words were taken as the truth and only one side of the argument shown.
Disclaimer: I'm simply posting the article and it's summary. These are not my views or arguments.

Edited by nikitagmc - 07 June 2012 at 10:04am

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Posted: 10 June 2012 at 7:16am | IP Logged
Hmmm I wonder how and why I missed this post. This should've been on page 1. And yes, one-sided reporting has been a hallmark of SMJ.

But then I believe that there is lack of proper research evident in most episodes. The team seems to have simply taken the most reported cases and built them into each episode, without going into merits and demerits of the individual stories.

Sometimes the solutions suggested (if at all they are)  also are quite facile and impractical.

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Fatima_Q IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 10 June 2012 at 9:00am | IP Logged
Thanks for sharing Nikita.
I'll be honest and say I watched this episode with mixed feelings, since my own husband is a doctor.  The medical profession along with its affiliates is a big doubt...but it still is a noble profession. 
The show at times did seem lop-sided maybe because they were trying to create sympathy for those who suffered malpractice.  Malpractice is a real issue...but not all malpractice has an evil intent behind it.  Doctors are also human being and can make mistakes.  And it is still a small percentage of the over all good care provided by most doctors.
Change is the same time...factual reporting is also important, especially when the views presented can mislable or shake the credibility of an entire profession. 
I had high hopes for this show after the first episode...still do...don't want to see it go down hill due to poor research on part of Aamir or his production team..

Edited by ummesulaiman - 10 June 2012 at 9:15am

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atominis IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 10 June 2012 at 1:41pm | IP Logged

Wait a sec! This matter is sub judice. And no wonder the doctor is claiming innocence here or getting defensive.

I am not saying he is lying. But we cannot make any conclusion on either this or Major Rai's story, since the case is still going on. It's a very high profile case, even examined by Top law schools in India.

Here is Pankaj Rai's rebuttal to the doctor's allegation, complete with documents from his side! -

The doctor obviously felt the show might have tilted balance against him. Though I am surprised why he is so angry when Aamir's show never named him openly or his hospital! Rather his reaction has made him known for sure!

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atominis IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 10 June 2012 at 1:42pm | IP Logged

As for The Hoot, don't tell me about it, because it's been publishing anti Satyamev Jayate articles since the day its promos went on air. Not a fair source.


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