Reshma Qureshi is not the only Govandi resident who has had nightmarish delivery despite going for regular check-ups at Shatabdi Hospital.
Bainganwadi resident Arif Mohammed had taken his pregnant wife Mehmoona to the BMC hospital at 4 am on February 28 because she was in severe pain and her water had broken.
“The lady doctor on duty turned us away. She said that the due date was in five days and that I should bring Mehmoona only when a lot of water is flowing, not a trickle,” claimed Arif.
He took a loan from friends and took Mehmoona to a private hospital at 9am. The doctors conducted an emergency caesarean section as ultrasound test showed that the baby had passed stool in the amniotic sac. The baby girl was kept in an incubator for several days and she is fine now.
Arif shudders when he thinks of the “insensitive treatment” at Shatabdi. “What if my child had died?” he said.
In Qureshi’s case, she went to Shatabdi hospital at 4.30 pm but was sent back home. Around 9pm, the pain worsened and Qureshi started experiencing contractions so she and her mother-in-law flagged a rickshaw near their Shivaji Nagar home and set off for Shatabdi.
“By the time we reached the hospital, the baby had already come out in the auto rickshaw,” Qureshi said. The doctor, who had asked Qureshi to go home, was not at the hospital on Thursday and could not be reached for comment.
Shatabdi’s superintendent Dr Pramod Potnis said that he was not aware of the case. Qureshi, who has a six-year-old daughter, was feeding her tiny baby when the Hindustan Times reporter met her on Thursday. “I was in so much pain I can hardly recall the delivery. I am just relieved that the baby is fine,” she said.