Bengaluru: The parents of Shirish Lokesh, the three-year-old boy who died on Wednesday after three cardiac arrests, claim that they had not consented to a root canal procedure as advised by the dentist, Dr Raviraj. Accusing the doctor of gross negligence and greed for money, Shirish’s father, Lokesh K.S., claimed their son underwent severe trauma during the last few hours of his life.
A distraught Asha Lokesh, the boy’s mother, told this newspaper that they were told about the procedure after it had been performed.
“We came to Annaya Health Care Centre two months ago for a consultation because my son complained of toothache in the right lower jaw. Dr Raviraj said his tooth was decaying and advised us to get it filled. The appointment was fixed for Wednesday at 7:30 am, and he took my son inside the moment we arrived. He put a mask over Shirish’s face and when I asked what it was, he said it was oxygen. Within five seconds, my son was asleep. I was sent out while the operation was being performed. Two hours later, Dr Raviraj came and told us he had performed a root canal treatment. We would never have agreed to it in the first place,” she said.
Alleging that they were made to sign a consent form after the operation had been performed, Asha said, “Why would a child, who is barely three years old, require a root canal for his milk teeth? After the procedure, the doctor told us our son was asleep, and showed us his teeth. Instead of a cap only on the right side, there were caps on both sides of his lower jaw”.
When Asha saw Dr Raviraj’s tense face and heard him speaking in hushed tones to his assistant, she realised something was terribly wrong. She called her husband, who came to the clinic immediately.
“We told them to shift Shirish to a hospital three buildings away, but they kept saying his pulse needed to be stabilised. Dr Raviraj’s brother, Dr Dhanraj, also came to the centre and insisted on keeping Shirish there. We saw them continuously beating Shirish’s chest and administering around 20-25 injections in less than 90 minutes. It was only after he was shifted to Garden City Hospital in Jayanagar that we were told our son had suffered three cardiac arrests in the clinic. He died a very painful and torturous death,” cried a tearful Lokesh.
Shirish would have turned three years old on March 12. The family had planned a grand celebration with their relatives and school friends. Madhu .M, a family friend, said Asha had to stay strong for her first-born, Monish, who was only 10 years old.
“She cannot go into depression now, her son needs her. We had planned a big party for her birthday this month, and a huge bash for Shirish in March, but fate had different plans,” she revealed.