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Woman ‘unattended’ at hospital dies of post-delivery complications


Thane: A 24-year-old woman suffering from post-delivery complications died of alleged medical negligence at Thane Civil hospital, police said today.

Angry over the woman not being attended in time for her post-delivery bleeding which resulted in her death, a group of villagers and MNS activists today staged a protest in the hospital premises here and refused to take the body while demanding action against the errant doctors and other staff.

Usha Pawar, from Rohini of Kawad gram panchayat, was admitted to Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) hospital in Bhiwandi on Monday. She delivered a child through normal procedure yesterday at around 1.45 PM, after which she developed complications. Usha was then ‘transferred’ to Thane Civil Hospital, Bhiwandi taluka police station constable P K Adari said.

However, at the Civil hospital, the doctors who attended her at around 4.45 PM, declared her brought dead, he said.

Based on a communication from the Thane Civil hospital, the Bhiwandi taluka police have registered an accidental death report (ADR), Adari said adding that they were investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, local MNS leader Suryakant Kadam alleged that despite the pleadings of the woman’s husband, Dharmendra Vishnu Pawar, with the medical staff to get his wife admitted for treatment, she was not attended.

The woman kept lying in an ambulance in the Civil hospital premises for about two hours which worsened her condition leading to her death, he further alleged.

Kadam also accused the hospital of hastily conducting the deceased’s postmortem in the wee hours today at around 2 AM, as against the normal practice of autopsy after sunrise.

A health department official, on condition of anonymity, said that they were in the process of recording statement of the woman’s husband regarding the matter and a report would be submitted to the government after the thorough probe.

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