GANGTOK: Cardiologist Dr Sanjay Upreti, who was stabbed on December 14, has died at the age of 45. He breathed his last at 3 am on Friday at Siliguri’s Neotia Hospital.
The ‘hero’ doctor was stabbed by one Thinlay Bhutia while attempting to save attendant staff Kala Chettri at the STNM Hospital.Dr. Upreti was stabbed near his groin during the incident, which eventually led to his left leg getting amputated.
While he was initially under treatment at the STNM Hospital, Dr Upreti and staff Kala Chettri were airlifted to Siliguri for better treatment following intervention from Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay on December 15.
The cardiologist was under the ‘highest possible medical support’ at the Neotia Hospital in Siliguri but suffered multi organ failure, kidney shutdown and was undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). He had undergone another surgery two days ago.
Dr Upreti’s leg had turned gangrenous and had to be amputated.
Sanitary attendant Kalawati Chettri, meanwhile, is also fighting for her life at the hospital after suffering major injury in her abdomen and massive bleeding. However, she was revived from the near fatal injury and is currently ‘stable’.
Dr. Upreti served as a doctor in Sikkim for over 16 years. He completed his MBBS from Uttar Pradesh’s King George Medical University and did his MD in Medicine from Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal, Manipur. He had completed his fellowship in Invasive Cardiology from Medanta’s The Medicity in Gurugram.
He had major role to play in the establishment of the cardiology department in the new STNM multi-speciality Hospital since 2019.
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