HYDERABAD: Two weeks after going under the scalpel in a bid to add three inches to his 5.7 feet height, 22-year-old techie, S Nikhil Reddy, blamed “lies and half-information” allegedly dished out by doctors for a decision that he is now ruing.
Left bed-ridden and needing four people to carry him from one place to another when he is not lying on the stretcher, Nikhil Reddy said it is not the intense pain resulting from the limblengthening surgery that troubles him, but what hurts him is the `half-truths’ that doctors at Global Hospitals fed him.
He claimed that never ever during the counselling in the run-up to the surgery on April 5, did the surgeons tell him about the long-term pain and the immobility he had to bear with.
“I feel cheated as I was never told about the adverse side-effects before the surgery. I was told that pain would be little and tolerable, but it is far from truth,” said Nikhil Reddy, who was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.
Repenting his decision, Nikhil said had the doctors were honest in their brief about the pros and cons of the height-gain surgery, he would have backed out.
While blaming Dr G Chandra Bhushan, the chief orthopaedic surgeon, who led a team of doctors for the surgery, he said the promises that were made to him before the surgery were not kept by the doctors. “I was told that I would be able to walk with the help of a walker within two days of the surgery, but it is not true as I now realise that I still need four people to shift me from one stretcher to another stretcher even after 15 days. Initially, I sought one month leave from my company , but looks like I need at least 10 months to be back on my feet,” rued Reddy .
“If everything was explained to me honestly , I would have gone for a second opinion.They only told me that chances of infection were likely and there would be minor pain for which I would need to take antibiotics and pain-killers for a few days.” In fact, his uncle, S Narasimha Reddy , said how the hospital administration too was negligent as they did not bother to get a `highrisk consent’ form signed by any of their relatives nor did they check on the credentials of `Suresh`, a non-existent friend of Nikhil, as the latter did not have any friend by that name.
“It was actually Nikhil’s friend Rohith, who posed as Suresh, and signed the consent form on his behalf. But how can the hospital management be so careless and not insist on the person’s identity card who signed on the consent form in limb-lengthening surgery , which is considered a high-risk surgery ,” he sought to know.
When contacted, Dr G Chandra Bhushan, who was summoned by the Telangana State Medical Council (TSMC) on Wednesday over the surgery, refuted the allegations made by Nikhil Reddy and his family . “He is an intelligent boy and had surfed the internet to know about the pros and cons of the surgery in great length during the sixmonth long counselling. I explained him everything, including the fact that to gain three inches, one may require at least 5-6 months to be back to normal,” Bhushan said.
Now that he has been discharged, Bhushan has promised to make weekly visits to Nikhil’s home at Jeedimetla for reviews. Meanwhile, Nikhil’s father S Govardhan Reddy deposed before TSMC on Wednesday. In his three-page complaint to the Ethics Committee of TSMC (TOI has a copy), Reddy sought to know whether it was correct on the part of the hospital to keep the family in the dark before carrying out such a complex surgery on his son.