A visit to a dentist in the Hubballi district of Karnataka proved expensive for a man. He allegedly died due to excessive bleeding from a simple dental procedure. He was admitted to the Institute of Medical Sciences of Karnataka (KIMS), where he died on Sunday, December 17.
It is alleged that Dr. Veereg Magalad of the Ratna Clinic had extracted three teeth from Khader on December 8.
Following a police complaint filed by Khader’s brother Abdul Razzaq, the former was transferred to KIMS in Hubballi on December 9 after Dr. Magalad bled profusely for the removal of his teeth.
The director of KIMS, Hubballi, said: “They treated him in the ICU, we could have saved him if they had brought him two days before.”
Reports also say that Dr. Magalad went to KIMS on December 11 to see Khader’s status. The lawsuit filed by Khader’s relatives alleges that the doctor took the thumbprint of Khader when he was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The letter in which Dr. Magalad took the impression of Khader’s thumb stated that “the dentist was not responsible for the patient’s condition, allegedly he paid 10,000 rupees to the patient for compassion reasons”.
However, Dr. Magalad has denied the accusations of Khader’s family. “It is said that the patient was bleeding a lot but his family did not inform me about it, they told me after three days that he had been bleeding and had entered KIMS,” he told the Times of India.
The dentist also referred to extortion when he said: “After the patient was admitted, a person claiming to be an advocate tried to extort money from me.”
Magalad also clarified: “When I went to the hospital, Khader’s relatives said they were poor and sought financial assistance, for humanitarian reasons I gave 10,000 rupees and received a statement from Khader.”
Contrary to the complaint filed by Khader’s brother, the dentist also stated: “How would KIMS allow us to take a thumb print if the patient was in a coma or in the ICU?” Meanwhile, the director of KIMS has said: “The cause of death will be revealed only after the autopsy.”