Stalin visits home of footballer who died in failed surgery

Two days after she died of complications resulting from a botched operationChief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin Thursday visited the 17-year-old footballer’s home to console his family and hand over a solatium of Rs 10 lakh.

Stalin, accompanied by Health Minister Ma Subramanian and HR&CE Minister PK Sekarbabu, visited the home of B.Sc (Physical Education) student R Priya to meet her family. After paying floral tributes to a portrait of the teenager, Stalin handed over a check for Rs 10 lakh and two orders – the allocation of a house for the family and a government job for one of the three male members of the House.

The family was assigned a house at the Tamil Nadu Urban Housing Habitat Board in Gowthamapuram, while his brother was appointed as a data entry clerk.

Priya, a footballer, breathed her last at 7.15am on Tuesday after laying unconscious at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) following a botched operation at an outlying hospital in northern Chennai. Two doctors who performed the operation on the footballer have been suspended and charged by the police for negligence.

Stalin spent time with the family, consoled them and asked his brother to “realize what your sister could not”. Posting photos of his visit, Stalin wrote on Twitter that the government was committed to helping the family, but “nothing would compensate for the loss of life.”

The student underwent surgery to repair her torn ligaments in her right knee on November 7 at Periyar Nagar Government Peripheral Hospital in northern Chennai. However, the doctors who performed the operation did not properly attach the tape after the surgery, which led to problems with blood circulation.

“The arthroscopy procedure performed on Priya was not performed properly and the girl was transferred to RGGGH on November 8 for further treatment. She had been cared for and monitored by a team of doctors from different departments for a few days. But she died due to severe kidney and blood circulation complications,” Subramanian said.

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