Hospital turns deathbed for 3

Published: Feb 24, 2011, 06:37 IST | A Correspondent |

Though the doctors maintain that it was a complicated case, and they had told relatives that there was only a 5 per cent chance of survival

Though the doctors maintain that it was a complicated case, and they had told relatives that there was only a 5 per cent chance of survival
 
A 27-year-old woman died with her twin babies few days after delivery, allegedly due to medical complications at Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Science (KIMS) yesterday. Enraged relatives staged a protest with the bodies, demanding action against the doctors. The Central Police rushed to the spot pacified the agitated crowd to bring the situation under control.


Life and death: Relatives allege that doctors did not provide an
explaination of the cause of Dhanalakshmi's death


"We have not booked a case since the relatives have not filed any complaint yet, said ACP N S Hussain.
A resident of JJ Nagar, a pregnant Dhanalakshmi, was admitted to KIMS a week ago. According to the family members, her family had first taken her to Vani Villas Hospital where she was denied of the treatment due to the full occupancy of beds.

She was complaining stomachache and was admitted to the ICU for two days and the she delivered a boy and a girl through caesarean on February 11. But soon after the delivery, the girl passed away and the boy survived only until February 22. 

Doctors claim one of the babies was already dead in the womb, while the other died on Tuesday night. Dhanalakshmi developed complications and was operated twice, but died yesterday. The relatives are now alleging that the deaths were due to negligence, and are demanding an inquiry. Neelamma, an aunt, alleged that doctors did not provide an explaination of the cause of her death.

Complicated case
On the other hand, hospital authorities asserted that there was no medical negligence. "It was a very complicated case, which was refused elsewhere and brought to us at the last minute. It was a twin pregnancy case where the patients had developed toxemia in pregnancy, and she needed ICU treatment.

She had also developed renal failure, and with so many complications, we had told the relatives before the surgery that the condition was very serious and that her chances of survival were only 5 per," said Venkatesh, medical director, KIMS.

Dangerous state
Toxemia, also known as preeclampsia, is one of the most serious conditions of pregnancy. It affects 5-10 per cent of pregnant women. The symptoms usually begin in the second trimester, and it is generally recognised that the only cure is the delivery of the baby. When toxemia occurs, the mother's body becomes toxic, and is dangerous for both the mother and child.

"During the surgery it was found that one of the babies was already dead in the womb, and there was also a perforation in the intestine. Though all the specialist doctors in our team tried their best, it was the severe complication of the case because of which she could not be saved," he added.

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