Halfway through the operation, a doctor stormed out of the operating room, angry that his colleagues had not made him a cup of tea.
Tejrang Bhalavi performed a family planning operation on eight women at a health center in Nagpur, India, on November 3.
After operating on four of the women and putting the remaining four under anesthesia, he asked colleagues to make him a cup of tea.
But when the staff returned empty-handed, he suddenly left the theater without completing the operations.
When the hospital administration told the district doctor about the incident, a replacement was sent to complete the operations on the four remaining women.
File photo shows a surgical team performing an operation in a modern operating room
The district administration has now ordered an investigation into what happened, NDTV reported.
The newspaper quoted district council CEO Soumya Sharma as saying that a three-member committee would look into the matter.
She said she understood that Dr Bhalavi had ‘left the operation because he had not been given tea’.
“If doctors are willing to forego such critical procedures over a cup of tea, they should be held accountable under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code.”
This section refers to causing death by negligence, not murder.
Based on the findings, ‘appropriate action’ will be taken against Dr Bhalavi.
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George Piano, 72, had his appendix removed in December 2022 at the University of Washington Medical Center.
When the pain continued, subsequent scans revealed doctors had removed part of his colon instead of his appendix, he claims.
When staff failed to bring the surgeon a cup of tea, he suddenly left the theater without completing the operations, say reports
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