‘Medical Negligence’ : Baby suffers ‘grievous injuries’ during delivery process at L D Hospital 

Srinagar: Lalla Ded hospital is in news once again and this time too for wrong reasons. Reports said that on Friday last week, a baby boy while being delivered fell on the cemented floor of the labour room resulting in serious injuries to the child.

The scene that occurred in the labour room while Kulsooma (24)—a resident of Parimpora area of Srinagar—was inside and had to undergo a normal delivery, has sent her into a deep shock, with her baby boy lying inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for observation, away from his mothers sight.

On Friday, according to Kulsooma’s husband, Fayaz Ahmad Dar (30), a grocer by profession, his wife was in the labour room and was undergoing a normal delivery procedure, “during that she complained of some pain and after which she was attended by the doctors on duty, and asked her to push so that the baby starts his movement,” he said.

While she was struggling to do what she was directed to and as she was about to deliver the baby she was shifted by the medics to another bed and as a result the baby fell down on the floor,” alleged Fayaz Ahmad.

As per Fayaz, Kulsooma, while she was being transferred from one bed to another, repeatedly pleaded those who were assisting her that the baby is coming out, “to which they did not pay any heed, and then happened what was scary,” he said.

“The baby fell down on the floor and as a result blood started oozing out from his nose besides fracturing one of his bones,” said Fayaz.

“After the incident occurred, there were several diagnostic tests that were carried out, such as CT scan and X-Ray,” said Fayaz Ahmad, adding “we were not shown the reports however, we were told that he is doing well.”

While quoting doctors, Fayaz Ahmad said that they (doctors) told him that the delivery of his baby was ‘pre-mature,’ and was in need of additional care to compensate the pre-maturity period, “that is what they said the baby boy has been admitted in ICU level 3,” he said.

When this reporter contacted the Medical Superintendent of Govt Lalla Ded Hospital, Dr Nazir Malik, he initially refused to comment, however, later he said “delivery is a matter of seconds, and it can happen in a jiffy.” He however was not ready to accept that the infant was mishandled, or there was any lack of care provided to the infants during the delivery.

When asked that why the baby boy was admitted to the ICU, he said that “it is normal and every infant is kept in the ICU, whenever there has been a pre-mature delivery.”

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