Sudhir Sharma, 58 was wheeled into the operating room early in the morning for what looked like a routine bypass surgery. The surgeon Dr. Roop Singh met his worrying friends and relatives, reassured them that he does not anticipate any complications and hopefully he will be done in 4 hours. The doctor seemed to be in good spirits and quite confident of the outcome.
The relatives and friends of Mr. Sharma repaired to the Subway joint in the hospital for a quick breakfast and the morning coffee. The mood was hopeful and upbeat.
Not known to them things in the OR had gone horribly wrong. As Mr. Sharma was being put on a heart lung machine, disaster struck. A terrible mistake was made. Mr. Sharma’s aorta was connected with the line supplying oxygen from the machine. The mistake was discovered immediately and the team tried to revive Mr. Sharma, but by then it was too late. Everyone in the team was shattered and were in a state of shock. One small terrible mistake had cost Mr. Sharma his life. Continue reading