LAHAN, Jan 27: After being accused of negligence in the treatment of a pregnant mother, which apparently led to a stillbirth, Dr Sushila Singh of Ram Kumar Sarada Uma Prasad Maurarka Memorial Hospital has apologized to the patient.
After the incident sparked controversy, the doctor apologized to the victim on Saturday following mediation between the two sides by the police.
After witnessing pain in the lower abdomen, Manisha Yadav of Bhagwanpur Rural Municipality-7 was taken to the Lahan-based hospital on Wednesday. During the nine months of her pregnancy, the family members regularly took her for health checkups, also because it was her first delivery.
After taking a video X-ray and prescribing her some medicines, Dr Singh told her to return home stating that the condition of the baby was fine.
However, Manisha's pain worsened after taking medicines.
The next day, she was admitted to the hospital and was taken to labor room for delivery.
Later, nurses told the family that the child had died inside the mother's womb.
As the doctor had told that the baby was fine just a day ago, the family members could not help but blame the doctor.
They started protesting and filed a complaint at the Area Police Office (APO), Lahan.
In the beginning, the APO refused to register the complaint because of which the family members had to forward the complaint through the postal service.
As a part of protest, the family had refused to claim the body of the stillborn child until Friday evening. They also received continuous pressure from the police to come to an agreement and eventually they did.
The agreement signed by both the sides also has the signature of the Sub Inspector (SI) of Area Police Office (APO) Dekendra Karki. Asked why police did not register the complaint in the beginning but tried so hard to reconcile the warring sides, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rajesh Thapa of the APO said, "Yes, we had refused to register the complaint but I don't know about the involvement of police in reconciliation."
The hospital authority has stated that this kind of incident will not be repeated in the future.