Pregnant Kolkata woman infused wrong blood group, battles for life

The husband raised objections when wrong blood was being infused into her wife's veins, which he claimed was brushed aside by the nurses.

Published: 14th June 2018 06:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2018 06:14 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

KOLKATA: A 31-year-old woman admitted with a complex pregnancy issue is battling for her life after being allegedly infused blood of a wrong blood group in a private hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Baiksakhi Saha, who was admitted to a private hospital on June 5 with an ectopic pregnancy - a complication where the fertilised egg is outside the uterus - had to undergo surgery recently. However, Baisakhi's husband Abhijit Saha claimed that her lungs and kidneys got damaged after she was administered blood of AB+ group after the surgery whereas her blood group was A+.

Besides writing a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Abhijit Saha lodged a complaint with Bidhan Nagar police station and West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission. Speaking to media, Abhijit Saha said that he raised objections when wrong blood was being infused into her wife's veins, which he claimed was brushed aside by the nurses. However, the hospital authorities denied the allegations of infusing blood of wrong blood group.

"The patient was given blood after the surgery however she developed a complication after the transfusion which was treated by a team of specialists. The patient has shown gradual improvement and is likely to be taken off ventilation in the next 24 hours," a statement issued by the hospital said. Abhijit Saha also alleged that the hospital authorities threatened to stop treatment if the bill of Rs 6 lakh was not paid. Saha claimed that he had already paid bills of Rs 2.5 lakh.

The hospital authorities have formed a team to investigate the allegations brought by the patient's husband. The state health department has also sought a report from the hospital over the incident. ends//

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