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Teenage footballer dies after knee surgery in Chennai

November 15, 2022 13:57 IST

IMAGE: Friends and relatives stage a protest, alleging medical negligence at the local hospital in Chennai, which resulted in the death of 17-year old Priya, an aspiring footballer. Photograph: ANI/Twitter

A Chennai-based student who had recently undergone a medical procedure for a knee-related issue, died on Tuesday following multiple organ failure, with her friends and relatives alleging medical negligence.


The Opposition parties lashed out at the government over the incident, even as the latter appealed that the issue should not be politicised.

The victim, 17-year old Priya, an aspiring footballer, died at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai, where she was undergoing treatment following a "complication" that arose from a knee-related surgery she underwent recently at a local government hospital at Periyar Nagar in the city, officials said. She was subsequently shifted to RGGGH.   

Following disturbed blood circulation, her right leg was amputated and she was under the care of a team of multi-disciplinary experts including Urologist and Orthopaedic in the Intensive Care Unit.

Due to the blood flow issue, her kidney, heart and lungs got affected on Tuesday and she breathed her last.

Her friends and relatives later staged a protest, alleging medical negligence at the local hospital and refused to accept her body saying they would do so only after their demand for action against those responsible was met.  

Police and medical authorities held talks with them and assured of action, before her mortal remains were accepted by the relatives.

An official said two doctors with the local hospital at Periyar Nagar were suspended and indicated they might face criminal action as well.    

Health Minister Ma Subramanian said Chief Minister M K Stalin has announced an interim relief of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the deceased and job on compassionate grounds for one member of her family.  
He said the issue should not be politicised and expressed anguish over her death.

AIADMK interim chief and Tamil Nadu Leader of Opposition, K Palaniswami, slammed the ruling DMK over the incident and said Priya died due to "wrong medical treatment."   

In a tweet, he demanded a Rs one crore compensation to the victim's family.

BJP state chief K Annamalai expressed shock over Priya's death and said "every department in this inefficient  DMK rule is getting destroyed."   

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran also condoled Priya's death.

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