- A three-person committee has since been set up to investigate the incident.
A doctor stormed out of an operating room in the middle of surgery, angry that his colleagues hadn’t made him a cup of tea.
Tejrang Bhalavi was performing family planning surgery on eight women at a health center in Nagpur, central India, on November 3.
Halfway through the operations, and after anesthetizing four of the women, he asked his colleagues to make him a cup of tea.
But when the staff returned empty-handed, they suddenly left the operating room without completing the surgeries.
When the hospital administration brought the incident to the attention of the district doctor, a substitute was sent to complete the surgeries of the remaining four women.
The file photo shows a surgical team performing an operation in a modern operating room.
The district administration has since ordered an investigation into what happened, NDTV reported.
The outlet quoted district council chief executive Soumya Sharma as saying that a three-member committee would investigate the case.
He said he understood that Dr Bhalavi had “abandoned the operation for not receiving tea”.
“If doctors are willing to abandon such critical procedures over a simple cup of tea, they should be held liable under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code.”
The section refers to causing death by negligence, without constituting murder.
“Appropriate action” will be taken against Dr Bhalavi based on the findings.
In the United States, a cancer patient is suing his hospital and surgeons after they allegedly removed the wrong organ during a botched appendix operation.
George Piano, 72, went to have his appendix removed at the University of Washington Medical Center in December 2022.
When the pain persisted, subsequent scans showed that doctors had removed part of his large intestine instead of his appendix, he says.
When the staff failed to bring the surgeon a cup of tea, he suddenly left the operating room without completing the surgeries, reports say.
In 2013, a man sued a surgeon after an operation reportedly left him with an erection that lasted eight months and a scrotum the size of a volleyball following penile implant surgery.
Daniel Metzgar, 44, underwent the surgical procedure in 2009. In June 2013, a medical malpractice lawsuit heard claims that the surgery was botched.
The truck driver was fitted with a three-piece inflatable penile implant by surgeon Dr. Thomas J. Desperito.
The doctor’s lawyers suggested the truck driver should have realized something was wrong when his scrotum swelled to the size of a volleyball after the December surgery.