Bhabha Hospital doctor blamed for Dalit mum’s death in Mumbai

Published: Saturday, Sep 4, 2010, 0:59 IST
By Linah Baliga | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

In yet another case of a deceased person’s kin blaming a hospital for
the death, relatives of a 25-year-old Dalit woman have alleged
negligence on part of a gynaecologist lecturer at Bhabha Hospital as
the reason for her death. Snehal Mohite, who died on Friday morning at
the KEM hospital after developing renal complications post delivery,
was admitted to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra (West) on August 23.

Mohite underwent a forcep delivery on August 26 at the Bhabha Hospital
and was immediately admitted operated on and moved to the intensive
care unit (ICU) as she was profusely bleeding.

However, as the hospital did not have a dialysis facility,
Mohite was moved to KEM as she had developed renal complications.

On Friday as Mohite died, her relatives held the gynaecologist
lecturer at Bhabha Hospital, who conducted the forcep delivery,
responsible for her death. The relatives also alleged that authorities
at KEM were willing to discharge Mohite’s body only on the condition
that they agree to not raise objections over her
sudden death.

“We were not even told about the seriousness of her condition and that
she would be operated on. The forcep was wrongly used and half an hour
after her delivery she was operated on for five hours. She also
suffered a kidney failure. Bhabha Hospital’s gynaecologist lecturer
was negligent, which is the cause of her death,” said Mahendra Jadhav,
Snehal’s uncle.

“Also, KEM hospital was not ready to hand over the dead body to us. We
fear they will create a problem in the post-mortem report.”
However, Dr Sulbha Chirmule, medical superintendent, Bhabha Hospital,
said, “Since it’s a maternal death, we’ll inquire in to the matter.
Only a post-mortem report can ascertain the real cause of her death,”
said Chirmule.

While Dr Sanjay Oak, director (medical education and major hospitals)
and dean, KEM hospital, said, “She was brought in a critical state and
was already operated upon.We are waiting for the post-mortem report.”


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