Indian-American dentist case: Rashmi Patel fights to keep licenseNRI Top Stories

June 19, 2014 16:18
Indian-American dentist case: Rashmi Patel fights to keep license

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An Indian-American dentist Dr Rashmi Patel appeared before the State Dental Commission in Hartford Connecticut in a lawsuit to get back his license on Wednesday. Patel's license was suspended following the death of a patient under his care.

Judith Gan was undergoing a dental treatment at Patel's Enfield family dental when she died, following which his license was suspended in April. The 64-year-old patient was getting dental implants and 20 teeth extracted.

Gan, Gan of Ellington, had a heart attack during the dental treatment after which she died. The victim was rushed to a hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, but she could not be saved.

In the first day of hearing, attorney David Tilles of Department of Public Health questioned the competence of the dentist who continues with his dental work when the patient is going through a severe crisis.

It's the responsibility of any dentist to recognize the health problems of the patient under his care.

According to investigators at one instance Patel's dental assistants asked him to stop and administer emergency medication. But he ignored their pleas.

This was not the lone incident. Another of his patient almost choked to death during a dental procedure in December. The 55-year-old man, was under conscious sedation and almost choked to death on a throat pack. Other allegations against Patel includes allowing more than five medications to expire.

Patel's defence attorneys said that he had performed 50,000 to 75,000 dental procedures in his long career. But his decision making in two cases is being used to put a halt to his practice and mar his reputation.

The attorneys contend that all allegations against him are false and that the witnesses and evidences against him are not credible.

Defence attorney Michael Kogut said that the charges against Patel are not supported by medical and empirical data.

After the proceedings, Patel said he would be vindicated when evidences will be presented.

Next hearing of the Dr Rashmi Patel case is scheduled for July 16.

(AW: Pratima Tigga)

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