Death of Pregnant Woman, Mother Files Case Against Doctor

Death of Pregnant Woman, Mother Files Case Against Doctor

Udupi: Mother of the deceased pregnant woman filed a complaint against the doctor for negligence during delivery, in the Town Police station.

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In the complaint, it is mentioned that, On June 6, at around 7:30 pm, Shruthi Suvarna, a 24-year-old pregnant woman was admitted to the Gandhi Hospital for delivery and gynecologist Dr Chayalatha examined her and shifted her to the ICU. On June 7, at around 1:30 am when Shruthi developed labour pains, Dr Chayalatha performed C-section on Shruthi. After the C-section, Dr Chayalatha informed the family members that Shruthi and the baby are in good health.
On June 7, at around 3:00 am Dr Chayalatha asked Shruthi’s mother, Geetha Poojary to arrange for blood as Shruthi needed blood. But when her condition deteriorated, Dr Chayalatha informed the family members to shift Shruthi to Manipal hospital for further treatment. Shruthi was shifted to Manipal Hospital by ambulance where she breathed her last at 7:30 am.
Geetha Poojary has alleged that the negligence of the doctor led to the death of her daughter. The Udupi town police have filed a complaint under IPC Section 134 – 152/16 and investigation is on.

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  1. C-section is a big business in India, especially bigger in south India. Every alternate child, if not more, born is through caesarian these days. Simple and straight forward delivery cases are deliberately botched so as to make money. At least it pays for all the big loans taken out to build these hospitals. Who cares about the patients and their welfare while the regulators are sleeping at the wheel? 50 years ago there were hardly any hospitals but people in India still managed to get by. Why such complications we get to hear about now?

    About 15 years ago even my sister went through similar ordeal (though thankfully there weren’t any fatalities). She is a qualified midwife/nurse by profession(a state-level rank holder trained at Fr.Muller’s) who was working in the Middle East at that time. She thought she would get better care in India during her maternity so she decided to have the baby in India and chose one of these mini-hospitals (we see tens of them mushrooming every year these days). She chose that hospital because everyone recommended it -apparently that lady gyn was a very friendly doctor, always smiles and “does not wear an apron”. That’s the criteria in India for people to decide who is a good doctor and who is quack. Their skills and abilities mean nothing.

    It was an uncomplicated pregnancy for the most part and there were no signs of any problems even till the very end (I know this because, as I said, my sister had more than 7 years of midwifery experience at that time and she was monitoring her case closely). But then this “doctor” in India (who had already known my sister worked in the Middle East) started unnecessarily complicating the situation (with the intention of making money). She administered the medicine to induce delivery in the evening and went home, with no necessary plans put in place to monitor the progress. There was one semi-skilled nurse on duty (one of those “nurses” with a certification as a nursing assistant got by attending a 2-year course. In reality they know nothing more than changing bed sheets and cleaning the bed pans). This “nurse” despite my sister insisting that she wasn’t feeling well during night, ignored her pleas to get the doctor until the morning. My sister begged her to get help but only thing she got in return was shoutings from that nurse. The next morning when the doctor turned up, the baby apparently was in grave danger and they immediately did a c-section. The child had gone all deep blue when he came out. And then the same doctor took the baby to another hospital in a hurry as she did not know what to do. Fortunately the baby survived but was in NICU for 3 weeks in Manipal but because of the negligence of this hospital the baby developed UTI and simply could not pass urine without the inconsolable crying for a month. It was blatantly obvious the doctor deliberately botched this to make money out of c-section but then it got spiralled out of control. But at that time there was nothing we could do. This hospital mafia is too big for us the common people to do anything about. At least we have a strong social media to learn about such things.

    For the next delivery my sister played safe and had her maternity in the Middle East itself without any complications. At least in that part of the world there is fear of the law for such low-lives to think about doing anything nefarious.

    It is my view that if a hospital tries to send a patient to another hospital (i.e. once the situation goes out of control) then that hospital should be shut down immediately. Such hospitals only prove that either they do not have the right doctors or do not have full facilities to treat a patient, neither is ever acceptable when it comes to clinical standards. Gone are the days when we used to treat doctors like demigods. Today many have become doctors not out of innate passion but through the power of money and the intention of making more money. It’s a big family business between people to venture into building such ill-equipped hospitals. Husband is a paediatrician, wife ob-gyn, brother-in-law is surgery and they start a hospital by taking out one big loan. And then all these evil practices ensue. And on top of that they have this arrogance of demanding respect from patients and kin for nothing. Hope the government wakes up and starts cracking the whip but I know it won’t happen anytime soon. Until then all people can do is spread the word and boycott such hospitals.

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