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Dubai: 42-year-old Betty Fernandes dies during hip replacement surgery


Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai

Dubai, May 13: A woman lost her life during a hip replacement surgery at a private hospital here on May 9. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is looking into a complaint filed by her husband, Gulf News has reported.

Betty Rita Fernandes (42) is the deceased woman. She was the mother of a teenage boy and a girl.

The hospital has said that it has launched an independent review into the case.

“The case is currently under investigation. The DHA looks into every single case of alleged negligence or malpractice stringently. The Health Regulation Sector follows due process in line with international standards to investigate such cases, where a committee of subject matter experts is formed to investigate the case. Deemed action is taken according to the merit of each case.” informed Dr Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of Health Regulation sector at the DHA in a statement to Gulf News.

As per information available, Betty Rita Fernandes had a congenital issue and her hip was slightly displaced when she was born. According to her family, she decided to go in for a hip replacement surgery at a private hospital.

On the morning of Thursday, May 9, Fernandes was admitted for the two-hour left hip replacement surgery. She also went through pre-surgery checks and had cleared those.

However, during surgery she developed complications and her family was asked for consent for a second surgery with a vascular and general surgeon after the woman had internal bleeding in the pelvic area.

The patient’s family was informed that some kind of packing was placed in the pelvis area to reduce the bleeding after which the patient was to be moved to the ICU and in transit a CT scan was to be carried out.

However, soon after, Fernandes died in the operating theatre in the evening nearly eight hours after she was first wheeled inside the operating room.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, May 14 2019

    Very shocking,and sad.can imagine what must have happend .whatever it is ,at present nothing helps .Thatswhy with our comments and experiences to narrate ,and it pains the family of deceased.Let us only pray for her soul and heartfelt sympathy to her family.None of us know exactly what happened.so let us all stop commenting.Each person,each operation ,no matter which country, it can simply happen just other way than one thinks.It is my experience.RIP Betty.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Tue, May 14 2019

    Heartfelt condolences.

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  • Sunil D'Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, May 14 2019

    Gulf docs hardly know anything about medicine.

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  • Lobo, Mangalore/kuwait

    Tue, May 14 2019

    It surprised me she opted for hospital in gulf for a major surgery.. It is always advisable to get major surgeries done in India as the doctors have exposure to different cases giving them lot of practical experience. Whereas doctors in private and that too in gulf do not have much practical exposure cz of less patients.. in her case she might have had injury to artery and loss of blood. Private hospitals lack blood products in large quantities. So in emergency when there is blood loss it has to be replaced immediately otherwise collapse n death is certain. Regarding consent before any major surgery high risk consent is taken which includes explanation of all possible complications..,

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  • Ignatius DSouza, Kanajar

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace. Amen

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Looking ahead, it is an eye opener for would be hip replacementers to consider India. They have a better track record.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Mon, May 13 2019

    I have no other words but say RIP to Betty Fernandes. My deepest condolences to her beloved family members and all her loved ones. Right now we cannot blame anybody for her death. Life is short and this surgery made it shorter.

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  • Anand Kumar, Mangga Gala Desha

    Mon, May 13 2019

    I wish they had brought her to India for treatment.
    RiP sister. May God give strength to her children and husband.

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  • Irene Mathias, Kuthyar-Mississauga/Canada

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Heart breaking news. Very sad. My heartfelt sympathies to the family. May Almighty give you strength and courage to bear this loss. May her soul R.I.P

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  • FLORA DSOUZA, kalmady/jerimeri-Mumbai

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Very sad news!! May her Soul rest in peace... Condolences to her husband, children and all the family members..
    Dear commentators when a family is in shock and very sad when they loose their loved one, please dont bring politics in between rather pray for the family and respect the departed soul.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Mon, May 13 2019

    RIP.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, May 13 2019

    I had a surgery for slip disk. My vertebra 4 &5 collapsed and center nerve got stuck due the decreased gap. I was on bed and taking physiotherapy for a month but no progress and I was dying with paid and no way to travel to home town. Finally I took a bold step to undergo surgery in a private hospital in Kuwait fir refixation of collapsed vertebras and centre nerve. It was a 12 hour surgery and I totally became al rights and discharged from hospital with in a weeks time. It happened in 2011 and thank God I am having a perfect health but very careful. One experience is enough for life time.

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  • Gabriel Lewis, Brahmavar

    Mon, May 13 2019

    We rejoice with you & thank God for your good health.
    At the same time may GOD console the bereaving family of Ms Fernandes.

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    My Mother had a hip replacement in early 2007 at Yenepoya Hospital under Dr. Deepak Rai. That time she was 71 and the operation was successful. This case requires thorough investigation and the hospital should be named and shamed.

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  • Jenny, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    worng decisions will cost lives. My mom had got operated with same surgery with 70 yr age she is perfectly fine just in a week even though she had complications of BP and sugar. This should not have happened. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Mon, May 13 2019

    If it happened in India, the story would have been different. People would have cursed the Indian hospitals and above all MOdi.... RIP betty....

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  • Naveen, Netakere

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Rightly said, anything bad happens in India lands in Modi's door step, all bad happened in the past no ONE family involvement, person from the same family loves Modi bec he is scared of Modi's next move.
    Let Modi be the next PM

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  • CHRISTINE, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    such cases we find in India in more nos.

    People will not complain in India. They take dead body home without a word. They not even think about it.

    This is abroad and so news came out.

    RIP departed sister.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    There is a clear bias when things go wrong in India and when things go wrong abroad.

    I've noticed that too, that when things go wrong in India it does not take long for the narratives to take a political, communal or what have you turn. We Indians need to understand that people are people, and there are genuine mistakes, as well as intentional mistakes and this takes place all over the world.

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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Very very sad news
    Heartfelt condolences to her Family
    May her Soul Rest in Peace.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Mon, May 13 2019

    My Heartfelt condolences and prayer for peace of the departed soul
    Clearly appears that A well informed consent is not taken .Before operation ,durimg operation Patient and relatives should be well informed about all the complications
    Few years ago I had a patient of pallet impacted into the leg .I referred to the Surgeon .Eventhough Surgeon was competent refused to operate and said please get this done by a team of 2 surgeons one Ortho and other Vascular surgeon as ots pikely that pellet is close to arteries and bones.I referred to very good surgeons but the setting was a small Nursing Home in Khar ,Mumbai .Relatives were well informed Surgery became 100 percent success no complications
    We get illusioned with very big Corporate hospitals .Actually good compassionate Drs are more valuable than anything else .Corporate culture is a bit different people need to adjust or hospitals themselves need to reach out to patients and relatives .
    In short lack of FAMILY DOCTORS CONCEPT is doing the damage

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  • Hampi99, India

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Totally agree with you. And hospitals in dubai no words.. better you say goodbye at least before you enter the Ops room.

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  • kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Vascular surgeon and General surgeon were called to help WHY? There leis the answer.
    While preparing the socket A great vessel was damaged Patient bled to death.

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  • Hampi99, India

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Surgery , that too in dubai.. very daring family and lady. RIP. No comments

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  • Naveen D'souza, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Really very sad news. May Her Soul Rest In Peace. Amen.

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  • mangalorean, mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    was it necessary surgery?...........now a days due to fashion they are modifying natural beauty...such as hair straitening, hair removal etc......and other unnecessary surgeries........ and it will cause to some side effect for body..........PEOPLE SHOULD AWARE ABOUT THIS...................RIP

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Mon, May 13 2019

    I know personally few people including two colleagues at work place, who went through hip replacement process. Not an easy operation, very difficult results. RIP Betty Fernandes.

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  • Rudy, Udupi

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Very sad. Heartfelt condolences to family. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Rest in peace Betty...condolences to the bereaved family...

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  • K Poojary, Muscat, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Very very sad. RIP Betty. I will include you sister in my prayer

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Really sad.

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  • SUNNY DSOUZA, MARNIMIKATTE MANGALORE

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Was this operation necessary
    She was fine with it
    Rest IN PEACE, fate was in happening

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Quite unfortunate and sad to note the way she died on a hip replacement surgery which need to be sued to the concern hospital and operating surgeon involved.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Sad indeed . Let’s wait to hear back from Dubai Health Authority once the investigation is fully completed . May the departed soul rest in peace.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 13 2019

    I can only say Sorry,
    Rest in Peace Betty & we will keep you & your family in our Prayers ...

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  • Paul, Manglore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Very Sad News.
    RIP Betty Feranandes

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