Mumbai Crime: Woman, newborn's deaths reveal Kurla hospital running 'illegally'

Updated: Nov 07, 2019, 07:59 IST | Arita Sarkar | Mumbai

Man blames hospital for wife, newborn's death; administration rubbishes allegations

Sunil Das and Nilima Das with their son
Sunil Das and Nilima Das with their son

Sunil Das, 31, who lost his wife and newborn daughter last month, still can't fathom how it all happened. Even as he tries to deal with the loss, getting to know that Habib Hospital (where his wife gave birth to the child) has been functioning without a mandatory registration certificate, has made it all the more difficult for him. The BMC had issued a letter to the hospital on July 6, 2018 asking them to 'discontinue all activities'.

Das rushed his wife Nilima to the Kurla hospital on October 25 and she went into labour the next day. He said the doctor didn't arrive until 8:45 am. "After she delivered the baby around 8:50 am, Dr Shifa Khan told me that she was having fits. From that point onwards, her condition kept deteriorating," said Das. Post delivery, doctors removed her uterus to stop the bleeding, but she died on October 28.

Das said that his daughter wasn't crying post birth, so doctors suggested shifting her to Sheetal Children Hospital, Kurla. However, even she died on October 30.

Speaking to mid-day, he said, "The neurologist at the hospital had told me that Nilima suffered a brain haemorrhage during the fits. The hospital staff is responsible for my wife's death. If the nurses had monitored her condition properly and if the doctor had arrived earlier, they could have saved her."

"The hospital shouldn't be running without a registration certificate. More people will suffer if no action is taken. It should be shut down," he added.

Medical officer, Dr Jitendra Jadhav said, "We have written to Vinobha Bhave police station twice asking them to file an FIR against the hospital, but the cops haven't taken action." The police, however, passed the buck right back. Senior PI, Rajesh Pawar said, "If the doctor had a fake degree then we would have intervened. But this is a matter of licences and it is the BMC's responsibility to take action."

Meanwhile, Dr Khan said, "Nilima had convulsions and she suffered hypoxia. We removed her uterus to stop the bleeding. But that didn't work." A hospital management member, Dr Sharafat Chaudhary said, "The hospital was started in 2007 with all the permissions. The registration certificate has expired but the process of renewing it is underway."

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