Woman al­leges doc­tors left cot­ton swab in body dur­ing de­liv­ery

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Rel­a­tives of a 27-yearold woman staged a protest at the Shas­tri­na­gar civic hos­pi­tal here on Thurs­day de­mand­ing ac­tion against doc­tors who they al­leged had left a swab of cot­ton in­side her af­ter she had a baby.

KDMC health of­fi­cer Smita Rode, while promis­ing to look into the mat­ter said it was nor­mal prac­tice to stuff cot­ton and that it had to be re­moved af­ter 24 hours.

“May be the woman did not turn up for the fur­ther treat­ment. I will, how­ever, look into the mat­ter and take need­ful ac­tion. We have not de­nied any sort of treat­ment to her,” Rode said.

On De­cem­ber 27, Londe was ad­mit­ted at the Shas­tri­na­gar hos­pi­tal and she had a nor­mal de­liv­ery, giv­ing birth to a daugh­ter, on De­cem­ber 29.

“Al­though she had a nor­mal de­liv­ery while con­trol­ling the blood flow they stuffed cot­ton in­side. The cot­ton was not re­moved be­fore the por­tion was stitched. This way a hand­ful of cot­ton was left in­side her,” said Vi­naya Patil who is a cor­po­ra­tor at Dom­bivli and the woman’s rel­a­tive.

As the woman later com­plained of se­vere pain, she was taken to a pri­vate doc­tor and a sonog­ra­phy re­vealed that a cot­ton swab was still in­side.

She got the cot­ton re­moved by the pri­vate doc­tor im­me­di­ately, but since she could not af­ford pri­vate treat­ment she again ap­proached the Shas­tri­na­gar hos­pi­tal.

“The hos­pi­tal ad­mit­ted her for a day and asked her to get dis­charged with­out even heal­ing her en­tire pain. She in­formed me about this and that is why I and other rel­a­tives thronged the hos­pi­tal premises on Thurs­day,” Patil said.

The hos­pi­tal ad­mit­ted her for a day and asked her to get dis­charged with­out even heal­ing her en­tire pain. She in­formed me about this and that is why I and other rel­a­tives thronged the hos­pi­tal premises on Thurs­day.

VI­NAYA PATIL, Dom­bivli cor­po­ra­tor and the woman’s rel­a­tive

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