Woman Dies After Delivery, Family Alleges Negligence
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31 March 2010
A 26–year–old woman, Sayli Pawar, allegedly died of uterus hemorrhage after delivering a baby boy at Parel’s Wadia Hospital on Tuesday. Relatives of Sayli alleged medical negligence on part of KEM Hospital where she was later admitted. But doctors at Wadia Hospital said her case was extremely rare and complicated as her uterus had upturned.
Sayli’s relatives alleged medical negligence stating that the patient was made to wait for about an hour in the general ward of KEM Hospital instead of immediately shifting her to the ICU.The Bhoiwada police have registered a case of accidental death and Sayli’s viscera have been sent to the Kalina laboratory for analysis.
Sayli, a Vikhroli resident, delivered a baby boy at 12.47pm on Tuesday. Two hours later, she complained of uneasiness.
“After examination, the doctors realised that she had blood clots in the uterus and her uterus was in an inverted position,” said S B Chavan, senior chief executive, Wadia Hospital.
After a through examination, senior obstetrician gynecologist Dr Pravin Mhatre operated upon Sayli to correct the position of her uterus. “Even after the operation, the patient continued to bleed excessively. The doctors then suggested removal of her uterus to the relatives,” said Chavan, adding that her uterus was removed only after permission from her husband. According to Chavan, due to unavailability in the ICU in the Wadia Hospital, she was shifted to the nearby KEM Hospital as her condition was critical. Shailesh, Sayli’s husband, said that she was breathless while she was being transferred to the KEM Hospital.
Dr Sanjay Oak, dean KEM Hospital, however, said that the patient was brought to the hospital in a bad state. “She was so critical that even her blood pressure was not recordable,” said Oak who has initiated an inquiry into the case.
“At KEM Hospital, we had to wait at least for an hour before my wife was shifted to the ICU. The delay, obviously worsened her condition,” said Shailesh. Dr Oak rubbished the claims. “Until the bed was arranged for the patient in the ICU, we gave her the treatment in the general ward.”