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Mr Janardan Dhasmana

1985 - 1988

James Wisheart was joined in 1985 by a junior surgeon, Janardan Dhasmana, trained in India and London.

He gradually built up experience and in 1988 started to carry out a complex operation called the "switch", which involves swapping the positions of two crucial blood vessels attached to the heart.

In all, he carried out 38 switches - but 20 babies and young children died, a death rate far above other English surgeons.

The same year, anaesthetist Dr Steve Bolsin joined the team.

He later told the inquiry he noticed immediately that operations seemed to be taking longer at Bristol than at other hospitals where he had worked. Could this mean that more children were dying at Bristol?


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