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‘Brilliant’ British-Indian medical professor died after failed treatment for a rare condition: probe findings

By Vaseline May31,2024

A British-Indian medical professor, described by his colleagues as a ‘brilliant’ doctor, died tragically as a result of mishandled treatment for a rare condition he was suffering from, a legal official has ruled.

Prof. Father-of-two Amit Patel, known for his expertise in stem cell transplantation, suffered fatal internal bleeding after a botched procedure, says the UK Daily email reported. The report cited a “coroner,” a legal official responsible for determining the cause of death.

In August 2021, Patel, 43, sought treatment at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for flu-like symptoms believed to be related to a throat infection. Medical professionals diagnosed him with Still’s disease, a rare inflammatory condition, which led to a potentially fatal immune disease known as HLH.

READ MORE: Widow of British-Indian doctor alleges medical negligence in treatment of rare diseases

Discussion between hospital staff and the HLH MDT recommended an endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsy (EBUS) to examine Patel’s lungs for inflammation. However, Patel had also developed disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a serious blood clotting disorder, which was not reported to the HLH MDT. If they had known about this, they would have advised against the procedure.

Coroner Zak Golombek criticized the hospital for failing to provide complete information, leading to a fatal recommendation. Golombek highlighted shortcomings in the consent process, noting that Patel had not been adequately informed of the implications of his condition or given time to consider the risks of the procedure. Patel underwent the EBUS procedure, which worsened his condition, resulting in significant internal bleeding and breathing problems.

Patel was transferred to Manchester Royal Infirmary and died on October 28, 2021. Golombek concluded that Patel’s case had not been properly presented to the HLH MDT, leading to the improper proceedings. He highlighted the failures in Patel’s care, stating that they were not systemic but individual errors. The coroner praised Patel’s genius and contributions to medicine.

The widow of a well-known British Indian doctor previously reported medical negligence in her husband’s treatment. “He was exceptionally brilliant as a doctor and a wonderful human being,” his widow told the hearing. …He was probably one of the most knowledgeable and best doctors Britain had,” his widow said.

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    first print: May 31, 2024 4:19 PM IST

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