COIMBATORE: A medical team from Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) has rushed to Nilgiris to probe the deaths of three women who underwent caesarean operations at the Ooty Government Hospital in a space of a week. The first death was reported on December 23 when Jayanthi of Emerald near Ooty died within a few hours of delivering a baby through C-section. Doctors said she had died due to embolism, a condition that occurs to one in 1,000 people. But on December 26, another patient Amutha died after delivering a baby. Subsequently, three other pregnant women Revathi and Radhika of Ooty and Saraswathi of Gudalur developed complications. While Revathi is in ICU, Radhika was referred to the CMCH on Sunday night. Saraswathi, who was referred to the CMCH on Monday, was declared brought dead.
The successive deaths prompted the Health Department to rush a four-member team from the CMCH comprising Drs Sundari, Shantha Arun Kumar, Renganathan and Manoharan to the Ooty Government Hospital on Monday to investigate and submit a report. Doctors said between December 23 and 28, the Hospital handled 37 deliveries of which 16 were C-sections.