Hyderabad: Eight of the patients who had undergone the botched cataract surgery at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital on June 30 are yet to recover despite the treatment.
The eight patients — Prabhavati, Anji Reddy, Manikyam, Nukulla Talli, Harpanbai, P. C. Mandal, Satyanarayana and Babaji — returned to the hospital for further evaluation but there was no improvement.
Mr Raju, a relative of Ms Prabhavati said, “My grandmother has not got her sight back in one eye. The government must pay us compensation as the hospital has failed to perform its job properly.”
A doctor from the hospital said, “We have asked relatives and patients to not come together as they are trying to pressurise us. There were three committees set up and it has been found that the fault was not of the treating surgeon but of the IV fluid that was provided by the government. The relatives can register their protest with the government. But at the hospital it disturbs our daily schedule and even the other patients are getting angry.”
Klebsilla bacteria was found in the IV fluid due to which elective operations were stopped for 10 days. With normal functioning resuming, doctors are calling these patients to check for updates. Each of them were given separate dates but they came together on Monday, staging a protest and demanding compensation.
Mr Mahesh R, a relative of Nukulla Talli said, “The treatment is of no use. The eyesight can’t be regained. Whoever is at fault, the government must compensate us for our loss.”
Deputy superintendent of the hospital Dr Rajender Gupta said, “We are explaining to the relatives that treatment must continue, to get their sight back.”