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14 breast cancer surgeries in three-and-a-half hours conducted at Madurai

Madirai , Sat, 29 Aug 2009 ANI

Madurai, Aug 29 (ANI): Doctors at a hospital in Madurai claimed to have performed breast cancer surgeries on 14 patients within three-and-a-half hours.


Officials at the state-run Rajaji Hospital said the surgeries were performed on August 24 from 8.30 in the morning.octors termed it as a record in medical history.


"We already had seven patients who had to be operated upon initially but in order to create a record in medical history, my colleague doctor Chandrashekhar favoured a surgery for more people so as to make it a record of a dozen patients. But, once we finished 12 cases we planned two more cases and that is how we executed it," said hospital's dean Dr. SM Sivakumar.


Meanwhile, State's health secretary V K Subburaj said that they would not recommend the feat for any record.If they have not done it properly, if they have done it with a view to break some record. It is not permissible. We have not permitted them. It has not been done with the permission of the government. We will never send it for any Guinness record. We will never recommend," Subburaj added.


The announcement shocked members of the medical fraternity, including those from the Tamil Nadu State Medical Council and the Indian Medical Association, who called it a blatant violation of the Hippocratic oath. (ANI)


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