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Medical negligence: Intestines fall out of badly-stitched corpse in Madhya Pradesh

A block medical officer of a government hospital in Sironj in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha district has been found prima facie responsible for improperly stitching the autopsy incisions on a 32-year-old w

Published: 13th December 2017 10:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th December 2017 10:54 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHOPAL: A block medical officer of a government hospital in Sironj in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha district has been found prima facie responsible for improperly stitching the autopsy incisions on a 32-year-old woman’s body.

The chief medical and health officer of Vidisha, Dr B L Arya, has lodged a complaint with the state government seeking action against Dr Vivek Agrawal, who conducted the autopsy.
Sources said the intestines of the deceased Nitu Sharma spilled out of her body as it was being prepared for funeral at her home in Pagrani village.

The incident happened on Sunday after Sharma, a mother of three, was declared dead on arrival on being brought to hospital after suffering electric shock.    

“As it was a case of accidental death, we convinced the family to have an autopsy done. It was done on Sunday evening, after which the woman’s relatives took the body home,” Arya said.

Family members rushed back to the hospital within a few hours to complain that the woman’s intestines had spilled out as they were readying the body for funeral. As no senior staff were available, the complaint was not attended to.

When enraged relatives returned to the hospital on Monday, an elderly sweeper was sent to their home to stitch up the incisions. The sweeper allegedly found it difficult to thread the needle but finally managed to stitch up the incisions in the Sharma kitchen in front of the woman’s weeping children, sources claimed.      
“Primary investigations suggest the body was improperly stitched by Dr Agrawal after autopsy. We have written to the state government for action against him,” said Dr Arya.

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