Odisha doc carries woman 10km to hosp, saves life
DR OMKAR Hota draws no boundaries for himself. If Kalahandi’s Dana Majhi walked 12 km carrying his dead wife on his shoulders last year, sending Odisha on a road of infamy for its lack of sensitivity and compassion, this doctor of Malkangiri has reversed the journey.
On October 31 (Tuesday), the doctor took up an arduous 10-km journey on foot from Sarigeta village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district carrying a woman who had just given birth and was bleeding so profusely that she was staring at sure death.
The 31-year-old doctor put the woman, Subham Marse, on a cot, and ably helped by her husband, trekked for three hours through the inhospitable terrain of Chitrakonda block so they could reach the nearest public health centre (PHC) at Papulur.
After 18 hours of treatment and monitoring at Papulur, the tribal woman and her new-born were declared out of danger. They are now stable.
In one of Odisha’s most backward districts where governance paralysis and Naxalism often grab headlines, Hota’s is a heart-warming story of what human empathy can do.
LAST Tuesday was like any other day for Dr Hota, the in-charge medical officer at Papulur PHC (New) where he was attending to patients. At about 1 pm, he got a call from a villager seeking his attendance for Subham’s delivery.
He set off on a bike to Sarigeta along with his attendant Rama Pangi. Subham was then in severe labour pain. Though Hota carried out the delivery at the village itself, the woman’s condition deteriorated due to excessive bleeding. She required immedi- ate hospitalisation but when villagers refused to touch her citing tribal traditions, the young doctor decided to shoulder the responsibility himself. Literally.
“Any further delay would have been disastrous for the woman. So her husband and myself carried her on a cot while an ASHA worker carried the new born,” he recounted to Express over phone from Papulur. They managed to reach the PHC (New) before evening.
Post-delivery, the woman had developed Grade III placenta previa, an obstetric complication where the placenta is inserted partially or wholly in the lower uterine segment. “She also had suffered haemorrhages while blood pressure dipped along with pulse rate. Mortality is high in such conditions. Thank God, both mother and child are safe,” he says with a sigh of relief.
As pictures of Hota walking through the hilly terrains carrying Subham on a cot spread through social media, appreciations poured in.
But he is more than happy to have saved the life of a mother and a newborn.
But this is not a one-off act for Hota. Posted since March 31 this year, he has shouldered patients from far off Alurkota, Guralur, Kamalpur, Muraliguda, Kapatuti, Sadre and Sintagunal villages when the need arose.
The neighbours refused to transport my wife. Had the doctor not taken up the responsibility, I would have lost my wife and baby Sundaray Marse, Patient’s husband
VILLAGERS REFUSED TO TOUCH HER On getting a call, Dr Hota went to Sarigeta and carried out the delivery. But the woman’s condition deteriorated, and villagers refused to touch her citing tribal traditions. He then decided to shoulder the responsibility - literally