Bihar: Woman’s abdomen bursts, guts spill out after C-section

Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur | By
May 20, 2017 10:46 AM IST

The patient, Biwi Gudiya, had undergone a caesarean section at Bhagalpur sadar hospital on May 9. Family members alleged that her stitches were removed before they had properly dried.

Bhagalpur :The intestine of a woman in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district spilled out after she suffered burst abdomen, which doctors said was a rare and very serious postoperative complication associated with high morbidity and mortality rates.

Attendants of Biwi Gudiya at Bhagalpur sadar hospital.(Kantesh/HT photo)
Attendants of Biwi Gudiya at Bhagalpur sadar hospital.(Kantesh/HT photo)

The woman, Biwi Gudiya, of Isakchak locality in Bhagalpur town, 106 km southeast of Patna, was admitted at sadar hospital, a district-level government medicare facility, in a serious condition on Tuesday evening.

Family members said Gudiya had undergone a caesarean section at the sadar hospital on May 9 and was discharged after her stiches were removed on Tuesday.

Alleging that stitches had been removed before they were properly dried, Gudiya’s family members said her intestine started protruding from the wound soon after she had her meal at home.

Gudiya’s husband Mohammad Sayeem said the girl born to them on May 9 was their second child. The first child was also born by cesarean section, he added.

Civil surgeon Dr Vijay Kumar, however, denied any neglilence on part of doctors. “The allegation that stiches were removed early is baseless. A week’s time is generally considered sufficient for drying of stitches in cases of C-section,” he said.

The wounds have now been properly sealed and the patient was stable, he said. Protein deficiency and low immunity could be responsible for Gudiya’s problem, the civil surgeon added.

Kumar said burst abdomen cases were very rare. “An episode of burst abdomen is generally reported in one out of five lakh people. In my medical career, this is the second such case,” Kumar said, adding that he had come across such incident for the first time in 1980 when he was posted in Patna. .

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    Avijit has around 20 years of experience in journalism and reports across beats for HT from Bhagalpur and adjoining districts of eastern Bihar.

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