Woman Dies After Botched Family Planning Surgery

The death of a woman at King George Hospital triggered tension after the victim’s family members blamed the doctors for the death.

Published: 28th July 2014 08:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2014 08:39 AM   |  A+A-

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VISAKHAPATNAM: The death of a woman at King George Hospital here Sunday triggered tension after the victim’s family members blamed the doctors for the death and staged a dharna demanding action against the hospital staff. A probe has been ordered into the incident for identifying the erring medical staff.

According to sources, G Santoshi (28) of Guddivalasa area in  Padmanabham mandal, underwent family planning operation at Revidi Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) on July 18. It is learnt that the minor errors in the operation led to side effects and was shifted to KGH the same night and was admitted to the Acute Medical Care Unit (AMCU) ward for better treatment.

A week later, Santoshi’s condition deteriorated and was shifted to ventilator room on July 25. The scared family members of the patient approached the doctors, who said that there was no threat to her life. But the doctors finally declared her dead at around 8 am Sunday, following which the bereaved family staged a protest blaming the KGH doctors for their negligence in treating Santoshi and demanded action against the erring persons.

Receiving information, KGH superintendent K Madhusudhan Babu and Visakhapatnam District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) R Shyamala reached the hospital and ordered a probe into the incident. However, the KGH officials allegedly blamed the doctors and staff of the PHC for the botched operation, which reportedly led to infections causing the death.

Meanwhile, Shyamala announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh on behalf of the state government to the bereaved family as per the norms of the FP operations for errors in the operations. Santoshi had given birth to a baby boy in June.

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