Kin blame civic hospi­tal for woman’s death

NEG­LI­GENCE De­nied bed in ICU after de­liv­er­ing baby, woman taken to JJ hospi­tal, which too had a full ICU; she was brought back to NMMC hosp

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After a 26-year-old woman died three days after giv­ing birth to a baby boy, her rel­a­tives have al­leged the neg­li­gence of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) hospi­tal in Vashi.

The woman had de­liv­ered the baby boy in the hospi­tal.

The hospi­tal al­legedly did not have a bed for the woman in its in­ten­sive care unit (ICU), which led to her death on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­ceased’s fam­ily, Su­man Naresh Dalvi, a res­i­dent of Indira Na­gar in Turbhe was ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal on Satur­day. She was nine months preg­nant.

“Around 5pm that day, my sis­ter gave birth to a baby boy in gen­eral ward of the hospi­tal. Both the baby and the mother were do­ing well that day as well as the fol­low­ing day,” said Lakhan Jad­hav, 24, Su­man’s younger brother.

“How­ever, on Mon­day evening my sis­ter de­vel­oped some res­pi­ra­tory prob­lem. The doc­tors ex­am­ined her and said that my sis­ter was se­ri­ous and hence she would have to be shifted to JJ hospi­tal in Mum­bai as they did not have seats in their ICU,” he said.

The fam­ily was doubt­ful about get­ting a bed at the ICU of the JJ hospi­tal.

“But when we spoke to the doc­tors about it, they told us they had spo­ken to the JJ hospi­tal au­thor­i­ties and that my sis­ter would get a bed in the ICU. So we took her and the baby to Mum­bai around 12.30am,” he added.

The doc­tors in JJ hospi­tal told them that the ICU was packed and there was no bed avail­able.

“We ran from pil­lar to post to get her ad­mit­ted there for sev­eral hours but to no avail. We also tried at some other hos­pi­tals in the area, but could not man­age to get a seat in the ICU,” Lakhan said.

Find­ing no op­tion, the fam­ily took the woman back to NMMC hospi­tal on Tues­day morn­ing.

“To our sur­prise, the doc­tors in the hospi­tal got in­fu­ri­ated and asked us why we brought her back to Vashi. This time, we force­fully took Su­man at the ICU and lay her on a seat there. The doc­tors started treat­ing her, but failed to save her life. She started bleed­ing from her mouth and she passed away around 2.30am on Wed­nes­day. The baby is do­ing well now,” said Balu Bhakel, a rel­a­tive of the fam­ily.

The fam­ily al­leges that the woman died be­cause of the neg­li­gence of the hospi­tal Rel­a­tives of 26-year-old Su­man Dalvi (in­set) out­side the NMMC hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day. au­thor­i­ties.

“She suffered a lot a while we were strug­gling for a bed at JJ hospi­tal for sev­eral hours. Also the road to Mum­bai and from Vashi is full of pot­holes and that trav­el­ling was not ad­vis­able for her as she had a ce­sarean de­liv­ery two days ago,” Jad­hav said.

“What­ever has hap­pened to us should not hap­pen to any­one else. The au­thor­i­ties con­cerned should pay at­ten­tion to such is­sues of the hospi­tal and hun­dreds of fam­i­lies from the city are de­pen­dent of such civic hos­pi­tals,” he added.

De­spite re­peated at­tempts, Dr Prashant Jawade, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the hospi­tal, was un­avail­able for com­ments.

He did not re­ply to text mes­sages.

The Turbhe po­lice have reg­is­tered an ac­ci­den­tal death case. Ram Desh­mukh, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Turbhe po­lice sta­tion said, “We can­not reg­is­ter a case of neg­li­gence against the doc­tors un­less we re­ceive an or­der from the court or the med­i­cal board. So for now, we have reg­is­tered one ac­ci­den­tal death (ADR) case.”

The woman’s last rites was held at Turbhe on Wed­nes­day evening.

The Nerul po­lice on Tues­day ar­rested a 22-yearold man for al­legedly rap­ing his mi­nor niece.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the eight-year-old girl used to stay with her fam­ily at Di­wale vil­lage. She was alone at home on Mon­day af­ter­noon as her par­ents had gone to a hospi­tal for checkup.

The ac­cused, Vijay Kam­ble, who stayed nearby, vis­ited the girl’s house for some work. Find­ing her alone at home, he bolted the door from in­side and then raped her.

“When the ac­cused was forc­ing him­self on the child, she be­gan to cry out loud for help. A woman from the neigh­bour­hood heard her cries and called up her mother. How­ever, by the time the vic­tim’s par­ents reached home, the ac­cused had fled the spot,” said Nitin Shinde, po­lice subin­spec­tor from Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

The child then nar­rated the en­tire in­ci­dent to her par­ents who then ap­proached the po­lice and reg­is­tered an FIR against the ac­cused. “We started look­ing for the ac­cused and ar­rested him in the early hours of Tues­day from an­other part of Nerul,” Shinde said.

The po­lice have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tion 376 (pun­ish­ment for rape) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) and sec­tion 4 and 8 of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act, 2012. He has been re­manded to po­lice cus­tody till Au­gust 30. So far the po­lice have not found any crim­i­nal record of the ac­cused.

“The girl was sent to NMMC Hospi­tal in Vashi for med­i­cal tests. Ba­sic med­i­cal re­ports, how­ever, have con­firmed the rape,” Shinde said.

Com­ment­ing on this, the deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) Dilip Sawant said, “In a ma­jor­ity of the rape cases we reg­is­tered this year, the ac­cused were known to the vic­tims. Many of the vic­tims were raped ei­ther by fam­ily mem­bers or by rel­a­tives at their homes. There is hardly any in­ci­dent wherein a woman was raped by some un­known peo­ple on road or at any iso­lated place.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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