Udupi: Woman dies after delivery at govt hospital, family alleges medical negligence

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)

Udupi, Sep 25: Chaos prevailed at the government Koosamma Shambhu Shetty Memorial Haji Abdullah Mother and Child Hospital here on Saturday September 25 after a woman died soon after delivery of her baby. The family and locals who gathered at the hospital premises in protest alleged that the woman died due to medical negligence.

Padukere resident Usha (29), daughter of Babu and Jalaja, and wife of Shrikanth, was admitted to hospital on Friday September 23 for delivery of her baby. The baby was delivered safely through caesarean, but Usha passed away after developing complications.

Speaking to daijiworld, district surgeon Dr Madhusudan Nayak said that upon admittance to the hospital, the doctors waited for Usha to deliver the baby normally, and gave her pills to induce labour.

However, all of a sudden, foetal distress was detected in the unborn baby's heart, and Usha was shifted to the operation theatre for an emergency caesarean procedure, said Dr Nayak.

The operation went on smoothly, but Usha developed pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of the reproductive organs, and her condition started deteriorating. "In medical terms, it is called pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) complications," explained Dr Nayak.

She was kept on ventilator support as her saturation started to fall. "Sometimes the blood pressure can fluctuate during delivery, and then stabilize," he said.

On the suggestion of doctors on night duty, Usha was rushed to Manipal hospital for advanced treatment, but she breathed her last on the way, the doctor said.

Usha's family, distressed by her sudden death, alleged that the staff at the government hospital did not allow them to see her right from the beginning. "We could not contact her while she was in labour. We want clarification from the obstetrician who performed the caesarean," they demanded.

As more people gathered to protest and demand justice, the police provided security to the hospital.

The body has been kept at Manipal hospital for post-mortem.

Usha was a teacher by profession.




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  • Mabel, Mumbai

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Govt should investigate such cases....its very sad....RIP

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  • Gabriel Lewis, Brahmavar

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Decertify them from the medical profession. Let they will do other jobs.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    It looks like the mother had toxemia of pregnancy, the blood pressure shoots up and the only remedy is a quick cesarean section. Theblood pressure comes back to normal after the baby is delivered through cs. It does not look like the doctors are at fault, but instead of giving pills to induce labor, if a cs was done directly probably,I repeat probably , mother and child would have been saved.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Monti Dotor,mangalore,if the mother had toximia as you say she must have had high pressure ,and other signs.In that case ,noone gives pills to induce labour,as I know .They wanted to finish up labour fast?Instead hang up a drip ,so that slowly labour goes forwards.Sure baby must have suffocated due to fast pains wihtout opening the cervix.Is ok caesarion is done ,and baby is safe but mother bled ,a lot.it happens but why take the mother in that condition move to other hospital.?time is important here .and save her with oxygen and blood ,or plasma whatever it is.or do Hysterectomy to save her.I dont know exactly what was reason ,butI find mother could have saved.May her soul rest in peace.One always should think even a normal delivery can change all of a sudden to emergency case.

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  • Robert Rodrigues, Muscat

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Government hospitals are the direct way to YAMADARMARAYA's house

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  • Anton, Kinnigoli

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Dear all, It is disheartening to see a new mother leaving this world without seeing her new born baby and the new baby coming to this world without her mother being alive. I cannot imagine myself in that situation. Perhaps these kind of incidents are much to do with the caste based reservation system we have where those become doctors are actually don't deserve that profession. My request to any government that is in power is please get the deliveries done in a private hospital under a qualified doctor so that incidents such this will not happen again. Make the insurance companies to cover such deliveries under a nominal fee for all (Like in UAE). My thoughts are with both the families and May God protect that baby and provide the baby with all the love and care that it deserves like any other new born baby.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Looking at the name of the doctor, it is not caste based reservation to be blamed in this case, probably it could be donation based admissions. All jobs should be on merit only.

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    Government is busy with cows..

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  • Agee, Indian-UAE

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    OM Shanti 🙏 Sad part is mom and child couldn't see each other... I wish new born is blessed abundantly

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    It's a common practice in India of not letting family members in the delivery room. Especially in operation rooms. The distress of the family is understandable tho. They lost their loved one

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    It is your common practice to blame India whenever possible. No where in the world family members are allowed inside an operation theater. Only husband is allowed into 'labour room' only in many countries. And now, don't blame Indian education system for not teaching you the difference between labour room and operation theater!

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari Gunji, nellore Kodyadka

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    let there be a thorough enquiry before blaming the doctor

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Dr,Kusuma Nellore as a doctor you know very well ,how situation of a delivered patient can change from one minute to other.Still what would you say when patient is having low BP ,bleeding ,etc,why shift to Manipal from Wenlock?Just think the how far it is.Second was no facility to give her blood transfusion ,or nearby a well equipped hospital?I just feel pity for that baby .May her soul rest in peace.Now everything is late .Heartfelt sympathy to her family.I feel their explanation is too bit not satisfactory.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    I have a feeling the doctors tried their Best ...

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    True, they did the best BUY with available resources.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    RIP , why every time we here these kind of cases in 'Koosamma Shambhu Shetty Memorial Haji Abdullah Mother and Child Hospital' hospital, definitely some investigation to be done and justice to be prevailed and action need to be taken against the staff.

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