Thursday, 21 Jun, 2007 Offbeat

15-Year-Old Boy Performs Caesarian Surgery


A doctor from India could be fired and face criminal charges after allowing his son, Dileepan Raj, perform caesarian surgery so he could be recorded in Guinness Book of Records. It is worth mentioning that his son is only 15 years old.

When Dr. K. Murugesan showed the members of an Indian Medical Association branch, located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, his video where a boy uses scalpel to perform a caesarian surgery on an expectant mother, the doctors were shocked by what they've seen.

The health minister of the state, K.K. Ramachandran, was the one to wonder how a professional doctor can "convert the his nursing home into a butcher's shop". He mentioned that he was ordering an inquiry and serious measures will be taken on this case.

The baby was born having a congenital defect, the medical sources stated. However, the defect has nothing to do with the surgery, and doctors believe the baby to be alive after the surgery.

The video, where a 15-year-old boy used scalpel, also showed that the doctor gave a spinal anesthetic to the pregnant mother. It is important to note the he was not qualified to perform the procedure.

Although having shown a shocking video, Dr Murugesan still finds himself not guilty and he does not repent over his action, saying that he wanted his son to become a part of the history.

"He said there was no need for him to worry since it was no blue (pornographic) film that he had shot but only one showing his son's achievement," outlined Dr. T. N. Ravishankar, the secretary of the state branch of the Indian Medical Association.

Dr. Ravishankar mentioned that he does not have the video CD as evidence, however, he said that there are many doctors who have seen it.

Medical officials stated that not only the doctor but his son could also face charges.

"What is wrong with my son performing surgery, when a 10-year-old can drive a car and a 15-year-old can get a medical degree in America?" the doctor was quoted saying.

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