Pregnant woman dies during treatment at hospital in Jammu; family alleges medical negligence

Jammu: A woman died soon after giving birth to a child in Government Medical College (GMC) Kathua, today triggering strong protest from her family members and relatives who blamed the Hospital for the negligence that caused the death of the young woman, yesterday.

The protesting family members showed grave resentment over the alleged negligent death of the young woman and entered into heated exchanges with doctors and other hospital staff. The deceased has been identified as Anita Sharma, wife of Vinod Kumar, resident of Budhi, Kathua.

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The family members accused the medical staff for negligent death as the woman was serious before delivery and they did not refer the patient and also did not make arrangement of Ambulance to shift the woman to Jammu or neighboring Punjab for specialized treatment.

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The family requested the authorities of Hospital to refer the patient to better hospital ,Meenakshi, victim’s relative, said, adding despite the repeated requests to doctors to refer the patient for better treatment, the staff on duty did not pay any heed to it and instead kept the victim in the hospital

She said the newly born child was very serious and the doctor (Meenakshi Raina) who has done the operation killed the infant’s mother.

The family members said that the woman died after delivering the child due to negligence of medical team. “If they were not competent enough to handle the emergency case, why did not they refer the woman to a better hospital. We could have taken her to any specialized hospital”, the wailing family members said.

The family members demanded investigation into the matter and suspension of doctor who did the cesarean.