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Nepal hospital: CNN’s Gupta didn’t operate on girl, 8

Associated Press

Kathmandu, Nepal — A Nepal hospital says CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta incorrectly reported that he operated on an 8-year-old girl after the country’s devastating earthquake in April.

A top official at the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu, Dr. Ganesh Bahadur Gurung, said Friday that the girl, 8-year-old Salina Dahal, never had brain surgery and has recovered from minor head injuries.

Gupta, a practicing brain surgeon, reported days after the April 25 earthquake that he operated on Dahal.

Gurung said Gupta did observe the surgery of another 14-year-old girl but it was unclear whether he actually assisted the Nepalese doctors because of the chaotic situation at the time.

CNN said Thursday that it is working to verify the identity of Gupta’s patient, following a published report that he never treated the 8-year-old girl.