Death of Pregnant Woman

Relatives refused to take the body alleging negligence of doctors at Kohalpur Teaching Hospital

Published On: October 18, 2021 11:45 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Oct 18: After the death of a pregnant woman at Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kohalpur, the relatives have refused to take her body alleging negligence of doctors. 

Kamala Dhami, 23, of Gauri ganga-9, Mussoorie, Kailali, had given birth to twin sons through surgery two days ago. She was in a normal condition after the operation when she suddenly fainted.

According to Ramesh Bahadur Dhami, the brother-in-law of the deceased, Kamala was in normal condition but she died due to negligence on the part of  doctors involved.

After suffering from labor pain, Kamala's husband and brother-in-law rushed her to Seti Hospital in Dhangadhi on October 13. As referred by the local hospital, she was brought to the Kohalpur Hospital at around 3 AM in the morning on October 14.

According to the doctor's advice, Kamala was taken to the operating room at around 4 PM on October 15. "After the operation, the twin sons were born. At around 6 PM, she was moved to the normal ward," said Ramesh. "Then, Kamala suddenly lost consciousness at around 7 PM. We panicked. At 10 PM, the nurse placed her in the ICU."

According to Ramesh, Kamala had even talked to her relatives after the operation. He alleged that the hospital doctors ignored their request to take Kamala to Kathmandu for further treatment via helicopter. 

Ramesh said that his daughter-in-law, who was admitted to the ICU, died unconscious and the hospital did not even inform them about the time of her death. "We won’t take the corpse until the hospital tells us the truth," he said, adding that doctors were trying to make excuses such as an infection in the blood, a heart failure, or a sugar problem in order to prove their innocence.

Ramesh said that her husband fell unconscious after Kamala's death. He warned that if the hospital shows no concern, they would be forced to go through the legal process. After the death of the mother, the relatives are worried that there will be problems in the care of the twin children.

Sanju Pant, Administrative Officer of Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kohalpur, said that she had received general information about the 'brain death' of the pregnant woman and was working to fully understand the case with the team of doctors concerned. “The twins were given birth through operation. Later, various problems including blood pressure were seen in the health of the pregnant woman and I heard that it was not possible to save her even after immediate treatment in the ICU. I am looking forward to receiving further details of the case,” Pant said.

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