Family protests as infant dies of negligence of hospital staff

Family from Nagam area of Budgam during a protest at LD Hospital in Srinagar on Sunday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Family from Nagam area of Budgam during a protest at LD Hospital in Srinagar on Sunday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, June 26: An infant today died in the mother’s womb due to alleged medical negligence of doctors on duty at Lal Ded Hospital here.
After the infant was declared dead following a Color Doppler test, the family members staged a protest, seeking an immediate inquiry into the matter and action against those who displayed leniency.
The Father of the infant, Mehraj Ud Din, whose wife was referred from SHD Nagam following some complications, said that despite knowing that the patient was to be operated upon for the delivery, “the doctors kept waiting, till the baby died.”
“On Saturday, we were referred from SHD Nagam after doctors said that the patient had low water level and needed to undergo surgery; upon reaching LD, the doctors did not take note of the observations made by doctors at SHD Nagam and said that the patient will be made to deliver the baby normally,” he said.
He said that till the next day, the doctors kept waiting without any end. “We were told that theatre is not available and several other things; doctors kept saying the baby was doing fine, till one of the doctors smelled something and we were told to do the Color Doppler test,” the father of the infant said.
To their shock, once the test was done, the family was told that the infant had died 4 hours before. “Once the doctors came to know about it, the theatre was made ready and we were given a dead body,” Mehraj U Din said.
The family members while protesting demanded immediate intervention of the higher-ups so that those responsible for the death of their infant are brought to book.
“There has to be some accountability; they cannot go on taking human lives lightly; in our case, it was already stated that the matter is a bit complicated; they should have acted swiftly,” the family members said.
Dr. Muzaffar Sherwani, Medical Superintendent, Lal Ded Hospital told Excelsior that an inquiry panel has been constituted to ascertain the facts of the case.
“Inquiry team has been asked to submit its report in this regard along with recommendations. A five-member committee which has been constituted in this connection has started the process already,” he said.