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.