COIMBATORE: One more woman from Nilgiris died out of pregnancy-related complications taking the toll of such deaths to four in a span of four days. The woman was admitted to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital after being referred from Ooty GH on Monday.
Doctors said the condition of the four infants, whose mothers had died, was also critical.
Earlier this week, three women, Jayanthi and Amutha from Ooty and Saraswathi from Gudalur, delivered babies through C-section at the Government Sait Memorial Maternity Hospital in Ooty. All the women died due to various postpartum ailments. Out of them, Saraswathi was referred to the CMCH and was declared brought dead on Monday. On Tuesday, another patient, Radhika (25) died under similar circumstances in the CMCH. Radhika, a mother of a 3-year-old kid, residing at a village near Coonoor was brought to the Nilgiris District Head Quarters hospital (HQ) last Sunday around 2 pm for delivery. After giving birth to a boy her condition worsened and bleeding continued despite medical care. She was admitted to the CMCH on Sunday around 8 pm. Around 30 units were transfused to compensate blood loss due to continuous bleeding. However, she died around 6 am on Tuesday due to cardio-respiratory attack.
Radhika’s brother P Selvakumar, alleged that full-time doctors were not available to perform caesareans and only trainee students and nurses were available. Besides, there was only one ventilator in the Ooty hospital.
“All these patients who died were being regularly medically examined at the Ooty hospital for the past nine months. That being so, how could the hospital now suddenly claim that they had died of other ailments,” he questioned.
Meanwhile Director of Medical and Rural Health Services, A Chandranathan, who conducted an enquiry, said that there were no faults in the medical procedures or medicine provided to these patients. In all the four cases the individuals suffered from ailments including kidney failure, hyper tension, uterus tear post delivery and uterus cancer, he claimed.