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Mumbai doctor evaluates five more abnormal foetuses past abortion deadline

In two of the cases, the foetus was diagnosed with Arnold–Chiari syndrome — a structural malformation in the cerebellum of the brain which leads to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain

mumbai Updated: Aug 18, 2017 01:53 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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Dr Nikhil Datar said the cases are from different parts of the state — Palghar, Dombivli, Mumbai, Pune and from Mumbai’s western suburbs.(HT)

Five cases of malformed foetuses, in which the women have already crossed the 20-week abortion deadline, were evaluated by a city-based doctor over the last week. They will soon file petitions in the Supreme Court to seek permission to abort their abnormal foetuses.

Dr Nikhil Datar said the cases are from different parts of the state — Palghar, Dombivli, Mumbai, Pune and from Mumbai’s western suburbs.

In two of the cases, the foetus was diagnosed with Arnold–Chiari syndrome — a structural malformation in the cerebellum of the brain which leads to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, said Dr Datar.

In the rest, the foetuses were diagnosed with trisomy 18 — a condition caused owing to error in cell division, bilateral multi cystic dysplastic kidneys — a condition that results in abnormal kidney formation and anacephaly — in which a child is born with major parts of the skull missing, he added.

“More and more such cases are coming to light, but the 20 week abortion deadline remains. So, we will have to file the petition in the Supreme Court in the coming weeks, just like all the similar cases that were previously reported,” Dr Datar said.

Dr Sangeeta Pikale, a gynaecologist based out of Mahim, reiterated the need to extend the deadline of abortion, in the law.

“In all healthcare related matters, the court compares with international standard of care, then how is it that in case of termination, the laws are not comparable considering most western countries allow abortion up 24 to 28 weeks,” Dr Pikale said.

Another gynaecologist, who did not wish to be named, said the present laws seem to mushrooming illegal activities related to termination of pregnancies. “Well, if the law closes the door for these women consistently, it is definitely going to promote termination of pregnancies by quacks,” the doctor said.

First Published: Aug 18, 2017 01:53 IST