My father almost died, my sister was manhandled: Aditya Pancholi

August 11th, 2008 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS  

By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Aug 11 (IANS) Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi says his family went through a harrowing health-scare experience at a private hospital in Mumbai when his sister brought their critically ill father to the hospital. Aditya’s father Rajan was taken to the Arogya Nidhi Hospital in Juhu Thursday morning.

“The doctors in this hospital are quacks and butchers. They kept him waiting for three hours with a ruptured gall bladder before admitting him. I was in Lonavala and my sister took him to this hospital because it was near our house,” Aditya, who was seen in Sanjay Gupta’s “Musafir”, told IANS.

“They took him into the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and without our knowledge sedated him for 18 hours. Finally, they said they couldn’t operate him. They had no back-up system, no facilities to operate on him. What kind of a hospital is this?” Aditya asked.

Aditya says that when his sister went into the ICU to see their father, the staff misbehaved with her.

“Just for 10 minutes to attend to dad. A man from the hospital staff manhandled my sister. He pushed her out of the ICU. A lady doctor asked her to take our father away from the hospital.”

By this time Aditya had reached the hospital.

“My sister and I went to the police station for complaining against outraging her modesty. She decided not to press charges because we had our father to attend to.”

“We rushed our father to the newly opened Criticare Hospital. He was immediately operated upon for a ruptured gall bladder. If we had left him in the other hospital, he’d have been dead,” Aditya said.

“After we left, three other patients followed us out of the other hospital into Criticare. The doctor, who operated on my father, said if they had waited five more hours, he’s have been dead.”

Aditya has now decided to take to task the hospital.

“I’m going to the consumers’ court. I’m filing a defamation case. And I’m writing to the health minister complaining against this hospital. I’m just waiting for my father to be released from hospital and then I’ll take action. Instead of attending to my 86-year-old father, the entire hospital staff proceeded to the police station to see about my sister’s complaint,” Aditya noted.

“If this kind of medical negligence can happen to someone who’s better-placed than many ordinary people in Mumbai, I wonder what most people go through. I donated my entire body to medical research. And this is now my father gets treated when he’s ill,” he said.

However, the Arogya Nidhi Hospital authorities said the actor manhandled their staff after he and his sister were asked to wait outside the ICU, where their father was undergoing treatment.

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