The World's Youngest Surgeon: 15 Years Old

In southern India

By on 25 Jun 2007, 09:51 GMT
A case of Guinness Book of the World Records or a penal case? Under the attentive surveillance of his parents, the 15-year-old son of two doctors from southern India performed a filmed Cesarean section. This was made on the run to gain the title of world's youngest surgeon.

Instead of that, the boy's father could lose all his licenses and could be charged for a criminal act, as announced by the officials. "Dr. K. Murugesan showed a recording of his son performing a Cesarean section to an Indian Medical Association chapter in the southern state of Tamil Nadu last month," said Dr. Venkatesh Prasad, secretary of the association.

Murugesan anaesthetized the patient. "We were shocked to see the recording. IMA told Murugesan that his act was an ethical and legal violation.Murugesan owns and runs a maternity hospital in the city of Manaparai," Prasad told The Associated Press.

"Murugesan, who could possibly be prevented from practicing and face criminal charges for allowing his son to perform the operation, expressed no regret and accused the Manaparai medical association of being "jealous" of his son's achievements. He said this was not the first surgery performed by his son and that he had been training him for the last three years," said Prasad.

Murugesan told the medical association that he goal was that of registering his son's name in the Guinness Book of World Records. "My team had reported the surgery to the state's top medical association in state capital, Chennai." said Prasad. "We'll get the report and then we'll see whether there are any violations ... prima facie it looks like there is a big violation. We will definitely take action against the concerned medical officers.", said Tamil Nadu's health secretary V.K. Subburaj.

"The baby that Dhileepan (the 15 years old son of Murugesan) delivered was born with a noticeable lump on the spinal cord," Prasad said.

But the doctors agreed that the birth had nothing to do with the surgery.

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Dr K Murugesan with his doctor wife Gandhimathi and son Dhileepan Raj
   Dr K Murugesan with his doctor wife Gandhimathi and son Dhileepan Raj