Motherhood is a thing of joy for every woman. But not for the 26-year-old mother of two, who is six-month pregnant despite a family planning operation. The shocker becomes a double blow when the unexpected happens in a family of a daily wager, already shattered by the Bhopal gas tragedy.
Sunita, wife of Naresh Kumar More, 33, resident of Prem Nagar on Chhola Road, had undergone tubectomy in June 2012 at Indira Gandhi Gas Relief Hospital soon after her second child. However, her pregnancy now proves that the operation had failed.
More is the only bread winner in the family and he knows he is going to have difficult times ahead financially, emotionally and medically. How medically?
Sunita says both her children were born surgically which has impacted her health. So, she is worried about the third child’s birth as she fears complications.
However, More’s mother Rambai adds a pang to the pain. She says her son cannot work more to earn more as his health is not good because he “was two-and-half year old when the gas tragedy happened. Now…, we really require some special support to raise the kids properly.”
What is the solution then? Lives can’t be left at the dead end.
Superintendent of Indira Gandhi Gas Relief Hospital RK Tiwari says Sunita should apply for compensation for failed tubectomy of R30,000 with the Bhopal chief medical and health officer (CMHO).
He says there are always 10% chances of failure of tubectomy due to different reasons. Gynaecologist Abha Jindal, who conducted the operation, gives the medical reason for the failure. She says Sunita probably suffers from some uterus anomalies which probably failed the operation.
The family is also worried whether the third child’s birth would mean losing state government benefits like the Laadli Laxmi scheme for girl children (Sunita’s second child is a girl). However, gynaecologist Jindal allayed the fears and said such benefits would not be impacted, as the failure the operation was not her responsibility.