The death of a 19-year-old woman at the Medical College Hospital here, two weeks ago, has triggered a controversy as her relatives allege serious medical negligence on part of the Gynaecology Department.
Malootty Thampy, daughter of K Thampy of Korayiparamb house, Kosamattam near here, died on December 1, a few days after she delivered a baby girl at the hospital. The relatives of the victim submitted a complaint before the state human rights commission at an adalat, held here on Monday.
The commission has forwarded the complaint to the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) seeking its report. Addressing a press conference here, Thampy and the victim’s husband Pradeep J Krishna demanded a Crime Branch investigation into the incident alleging that there were attempts to sabotage the ongoing inquiry by the local police. Malootty was admitted to the hospital on November 25, after being referred from the District Hospital.
After delivering a baby girl on November 26, she was reportedly healthy for four days till she was administered a tablet, they said. “She suffered serious health issues after consuming the tablet. Her health condition deteriorated in the next couple of days and she died on December 1. There was serious negligence from the part of doctors, especially the gynaecologist who attended her, and other hospital staff. The doctors, who were present there, treated her as a ‘study material’ instead of giving urgent medical care. When her health condition was deteriorated, she was shifted to the causality ward and declared dead a few hours later,” Thampy said.