A 27-year-old swine flu patient delivered a stillborn baby at Kasturba Hospital on Monday evening. She had developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (breathing failure) due to the viral infection and is on ventilator.
She and two other men who are quarantined at the hospital are in critical condition, civic health authorities confirmed.
The reports of 96 people came positive on Monday, taking the total number of swine flu cases in the city to 316. A total of 1,742 patients were screened across the city.
It seems that delayed diagnosis is responsible for the woman’s condition and the loss of her child.
She had first gone to Sanjeevani Medical Centre at Mira Road on Saturday.
A doctor there said they had sent her to Siddharth Hospital, Goregaon, which also has a swine flu isolation ward. By the time the woman was brought to Kasturba Hospital on Sunday night she was already in a critical condition.
Famida Panwala, the city’s first swine flu victim, had also been admitted to two hospitals before being taken to Kasturba where she succumbed due ARDS.
“She was brought in a very critical condition. We put her on ventilator this morning. She delivered a stillborn baby around 5.30 pm,” said BMC’s Executive Health Officer Dr Jairaj Thanekar.
He added that they had immediately taken her throat swab sample and she had tested positive for H1N1 virus. “She is very serious. We have called senior doctors from Nair Hospital to treat her,” he said.
Civic officials refused to confirm whether the two men had tested positive for swine flu.
“I don’t remember whether their reports had come. They are breathless,” said Dr Thanekar.
A two-year-old Pune boy, Shreyas, who returned to his parents to Ballabgarh a few days ago, tested positive on Monday.