Op­er­at­ing while drunk Doc held in death of mum, baby

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - World/region -

DELHI – A doc­tor in the western In­dian state of Gu­jarat has been ar­rested for per­form­ing a Cae­sarean on a preg­nant woman while drunk, po­lice told the BBC.

The baby was de­clared dead soon af­ter the op­er­a­tion, while the woman died shortly af­ter.

Po­lice say a breathal­yser test has con­firmed that the doc­tor was drunk.

They are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the deaths were caused by neg­li­gence or due to other med­i­cal rea­sons.

Dr P.J. Lakhani is a se­nior doc­tor with sub­stan­tial ex­pe­ri­ence and has been work­ing at the gov­ern­ment-run Son­avala Hos­pi­tal for the past 15 years.

The pa­tient, Kamini Chachi, was brought to the hos­pi­tal on Mon­day evening with labour pains.

Lo­cal me­dia said that the wait­ing fam­ily was told that the baby had died, while the mother was bleed­ing pro­fusely. The fam­ily de­cided to shift her to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal but she died on the way, they added.

Po­lice told BBC Gu­jarati that Lakhani called them, ask­ing for help as he was afraid that the fam­ily would at­tack him once they learned of the deaths.

“We found that he was drunk when we ar­rived, so we ar­rested him,” of­fi­cer H.R. Goswami said.

The hos­pi­tal has formed a com­mit­tee which will fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the mother’s death.

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