Doctors say a rare condition took their lives; family blames negligence
SRINAGAR: A mother and her newborn on Tuesday died at the Lal Ded Hospital here, following a rare medical condition – Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation. Doctors say that rare condition caused ‘complications’ resulting in death.
Afroza Banoo, wife of Muhammad Ashraf Shah, of Chhattargul area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district was admitted to Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar on Tuesday and died within hours of admission.
Following the incident, relatives of the woman alleged “negligence by doctors” for the tragedy. However, Dr Farhat Jabeen, a head of the department in the hospital, told Kashmir Reader that the family’s allegations were baseless and the patient had never been left unattended due to her critical condition.
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) is an abnormal haemorrhage tendency during pregnancy. Dr Jabeen said that the condition is “serious and rare”, leading to complications and even death.
“The patient was referred from Shangus Anantnag in a serious condition. We diagnosed her with accidental hemorrhage. When we operated her she delivered a dead baby. Immediately after the delivery she started bleeding profusely which didn’t stop for several hours. We tried to save her by giving 14 blood pints. However, her pulse started dropping rapidly and she went into irreversible shock leading to his tragic death,” Dr Jabeen explained.
The relatives of the woman refused to believe the doctors’ version and placed the bodies in the compound of the hospital in protest. Police arrived at the spot and assured protesters of justice. However, no FIR has been registered in the case yet.
Station House Officer Raj Bagh Police Station, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din, told a local news agency that they can register the FIR only on the instructions of Medical Board.
“There is a Supreme Court ruling that in such matter a Medical Board should probe the incident and if negligence on part of doctors is proved, then police can file an FIR,” he said.