Pakistan: Rural health centre staff cut off baby's head during delivery, leave it inside womb

Professor Sikandar said the baby's head was entrapped inside and the mother's uterus had been ruptured and they had to open up her abdomen surgically and take out the head to save her life.

Published: 21st June 2022 01:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2022 02:55 PM   |  A+A-

A doctor conducting a surgery

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KARACHI: In a case of gross medical negligence, inexperienced staff of a rural health centre in Pakistan's Sindh province decapitated an unborn baby inside the mother's womb during delivery, leaving the 32-year-old Hindu woman in a life-threatening situation.

The tragedy prompted the Sindh government to form a medical inquiry board to probe the incident and trace the culprits.

"The Bheel Hindu woman, who belongs to a far-flung village in Tharparkar district, had first gone to a Rural Health Centre (RHC) in her area but with no female gynaecologist available, the inexperienced staff caused her immense trauma," said Professor Raheel Sikander, who heads the gynaecology unit of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) in Jamshoro.

He said that the RHC staff cut off the baby's head in the mother's womb and left it inside her in a botched-up surgery conducted on Sunday.

When the woman faced a life-threatening situation, she was rushed to a nearby hospital in Mithi where there were no facilities to treat her.

Eventually, her family brought her to the LUMHS where the rest of the body of the baby's was taken out of the mother's womb, saving her life, he said.

Sikandar said the baby's head was entrapped inside and the mother's uterus had been ruptured and they had to open up her abdomen surgically and take out the head to save her life.

The horrifying blunder prompted the Director-General of Sindh Health Services Dr Juman Bahoto to order separate inquiries into the case. He said the inquiry committees will find out what happened, especially the absence of a gynaecologist and female staffers at the RHC in Chachro.

The inquiry committees will also look into reports that the woman had to undergo the trauma of having her video taken while lying on a stretcher.

"Apparently, some members of the staff took her photos on a mobile phone in the gynaecology ward and shared those pictures with different WhatsApp groups," Juman added.



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  • Mike

    Why are WE so upset about this? Isn't that procedure called ABORTION? Isn't that what is happening EVERY DAY in the USA
    1 month ago reply
  • spook

    This poor woman will likely never recover from this
    1 month ago reply

    unbelievable backward hospital. The whole team should lose their licence to practice medicine.
    1 month ago reply
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