‘Woman discharged from SKIMS despite critical condition, dies’

‘Woman discharged from SKIMS despite critical condition, dies’

SHABIR AHMAD
SRINAGAR: A woman from Bijbehera died allegedly after being discharged from SKIMS Soura despite being in a critical condition and a couple of hospitals refusing to admit her.
Mentally-imbalanced Haleema Bano wife of Ghulam Nabi Bhat of Mahind, Bijbehara had sustained a throat injury while allegedly attempting suicide. She was taken to local hospital where from she was referred to SKIMS
“Since her injury was not so grave she talked to everyone normally on way to hospital. She was admitted in SKIMS emergency ward under MRD No. 805949 and operated upon the same day,” family members said.
They said the next day she was shifted from Intensive Care Unit to Ward A-1. “Since Wednesday her condition started worsening. She started shivering and even stopped talking and recognizing,” her relative, Bashir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
“Despite her worsening condition doctors instead of examining and treating her for complicacies asked us to take Haleema home. They told us that she was fine and that shivering and fever following an operation were normal,” Ahmad said.
He said that while the ward in-charge was forcing them to leave another doctor entered the ward and asked him not to discharge her in such a condition.
“At around 5 pm ward incharge again took the file of our patient and prepared her discharge certificate. He refused to listen anything and said that they have to empty the entire ward in next two days for a team of foreign doctors,” said her another relative Altaf Ahmad.
After being forced to leave the hospital, family members decided to take her JVC. “At JVC hospital. According to relatives doctors there refused to admit her and asked us to take her to Psychiatric hospital Rainawari. “On reaching Mental hospital doctors there too refused to admit her. They suggested us to take her back to SKIMS,” family members said. The family members, however, decided to take her to a private hospital.
“On reaching the private hospital doctors were shocked to know that she had been discharged from SKIMS in such a condition. Since her fever had risen to 105 degrees doctors there too refused to admit her,” they said.
“Finally we took her to SKIMS again where she was readmitted on the recommendation of some officer. Since her condition had deteriorated while being driven from one hospital to another she breathed her last hours after her readmission,” family members said.
The family members are now mulling to move the court against the SKIMS authorities.
“We have already spoken to a lawyer and are moving the court in next few days,” family members said.
Medical Superintendent, SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said that he is not aware about the case.
” I will surely go through the file of the patient and only then I will be able to comment on it,” he said.