Teenage soccer player passes away due to medical negligence after ligament surgery



A 17-year-old footballer, whose right leg had to be amputated after undergoing surgery to rupture a ligament seven days ago, died Tuesday morning from multiple organ failure.

Priya (17 years old) was a B.Sc (Physical Education) student and underwent ligament surgery at Peripheral Government Hospital, Periyar Nagar on November 7.

The girl developed complications after a compression bandage was applied to prevent bleeding, which reduced blood flow to the leg. After complications persisted, the girl was referred to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) on 8 November and had her right leg amputated.

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the footballer was admitted to the RGGH intensive care unit, but had multiple organ failures and died on Tuesday morning.

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Our fellow footballers and many people started protesting in front of the Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital mortuary.

Speaking to the media, Subramanian said that two doctors from the Government Terminal Hospital were suspended due to medical negligence.

He said the health department would file a police complaint against the two doctors and they would face legal action.

Subramanian also announced a sum of 10,000 rupees for Priya’s family and said one of the family members would be provided with a government job.

“Its loss cannot be compensated, and strict measures will be taken against those responsible,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Party Chairman K. Annamalai expressed his condolences on the death of the footballer. He demanded compensation of Rs Crore to the family of the deceased.

He also demanded that a family member of the deceased be provided with a government job. The BJP leader also said that the Tamil Nadu Health Ministry has joined the list of other departments in the state suffering from decay due to the incompetence of the DMK government.

Ama Makal Munetra Kazagam, leader of TTV Dynakarn, also offered his condolences on the death of the young footballer. He said he was shocked by his sudden departure. He also called on the government to provide adequate compensation to the family of the deceased and wanted the government to ensure that such incidents do not occur.

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