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Indore court orders probe into pregnant woman’s death

A local court in Indore has ordered a probe into an alleged case of medical negligence which led to the death of a pregnant woman whose uterus had to be removed to avoid delivery complications.

indore Updated: May 18, 2016 16:45 IST

A local court in Indore has ordered a probe into an alleged case of medical negligence which led to the death of a pregnant woman whose uterus had to be removed to avoid delivery complications.

The probe will be conducted by the district chief medical and health officer. The order’s copy was released on Tuesday. Rashmi Shrivastav was admitted to Choithram hospital on October 19, 2014 after she complained of labour pains. The doctors suggested performing C-section and removing her uterus.

According to the petition , the operation was performed on October 20, 2014 under the supervision of Neelu Soni. Rashmi gave birth to a girl. After some time, Rashmi complained of respiratory problem, numbness, partial loss of vision. On October 27, the doctors performed an MRI on her, but found nothing. Later, on October 31, an X-ray of throat and chest revealed an object choking her wind wipe. The object was immediately removed by performing another operation.

According to the victim’s brother Alok Khare, Rashmi could never recuperate after a series of operations and died on January 21, 2015.

The post-mortem report said the death was due to cardio-respiratory failure. But, an internal enquiry conducted by the doctors held that the death was caused by hypoxia due to the placenta accreta leading to cardiac arrest.

Khare alleged that there was contradiction in both the reports. He further alleged that a team of doctors manipulated hospital records to cover up the issue. As many as 26 doctors and hospital authorities were alleged to be involved in covering up the whole issue. Khare also alleged that Soni was a general physician, but proclaimed herself to be a medical surgeon.

However, Choithram hospital authorities had denied allegations. One of the hospital’s administrators said, “They (the patient) owed Rs 15 – Rs 16 lakh to the hospital. They reached the court in order to avoid payment to the hospital.”