Woman dies after bariatric surgery, husband accuses hospital of negligence

16 March, 2016

Pune: The husband of a 37-year-old woman accused the Command Hospital and the doctors treating her of negligence after she died of complications following a weight loss surgery.

Mangaldas Road resident Sachin Dubey filed an FIR with the Wanowrie police station on March 14.

A patient of asthma, Jyoti Dubey went under the knife for weight loss at Command Hospital on March 8. "It was a laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Soon after the surgery, Jyoti started complaining of a burning sensation in the chest. She started spitting blood later in the day," Sachin said.

A CT scan investigation revealed that her food pipe had a hole. "That simply means that the medical camera inserted through a small incision during the laparoscopic procedure had punctured her food pipe. The doctors didn't take adequate care. This shows laxity on the surgeon's part. This negligence eventually led to her death," Sachin said.

The doctors carried out another surgery to fix the puncture in the food pipe on March 10. "The surgery lasted for 14 hours. After the surgery, they sedated her for 72 hours and told us that she would recover soon. But they (doctors) declared her dead around 9.13am on March 14," he said.

Sachin took Jyoti's body for an autopsy to Sassoon General Hospital. "The final report is awaited," Sachin said.

Jyoti, who hailed from Manchar, was a qualified physician. She did not practice medicine, but worked in the property business. 

"She completed her graduation (MBBS) and postgraduation (MD) in medicine from B J Medical College. After education, she lived in Germany for five years. She returned to Pune and married me in 2010. We have a five-year-old son," Sachin said.

Her mother, who is visually impaired, stays with the Dubeys. "Her mother cannot carry out routine activities on her own. She was completely dependent on Jyoti for everything," he said.

Jyoti was not morbidly obese. She weighed 75 kg. "She had damaged her knee in an accident and the extra body weight would cause her severe pain. The doctor had advised her to reduce weight and hence, she decided to go under the knife," he added.

A surgeon requesting anonymity said in a similar case at the Command Hospital two to three years ago, the wife of a commandant had died because of damage to her food pipe after undergoing a bariatric surgery. "Weight loss surgeries were then put on hold for some time at the hospital. They were later resumed," he said.



Senior inspector Sachin Sawant said the Wanowrie police had registered a case of accidental death. 


"We will record a detailed statement of the complainant in this case and collect necessary medical documents. We will seek legal opinion and accordingly, we will decide about filing a case of medical negligence as alleged by the husband (Sachin)," Sawant said.


The Command Hospital released a statement on Tuesday. "Late Jyoti Dubey was taken up for elective bariatric surgery on her request on March 8. The patient developed post-operative complications. Despite concerted efforts to save the patient, she expired on March 14. A postmortem examination was advised. However, Sachin Dubey, the husband of the deceased, expressed unwillingness for the postmortem examination. The sequence of events, resulting in demise, is being examined," officials from the hospital stated. 


Cases of medical negligence are investigated by an expert committee at the state-run Sassoon General Hospital. Police take further action based on the verdict given by the committee.