Family accuses JLNM hospital of negligence causing stillbirth

Srinagar: Srinagar: A Srinagar family has accused the doctors at JLNM Hospital of medical negligence leading after a woman delivered a dead baby at Lal Ded Hospital last week.
The 35-year-old Nuzhat Akhtar of Hawal area in Srinagar had a stillbirth at LD Hospital on September 26 hours after she was referred to the maternity specialty in critical condition from JLNM Hospital, Rainawari.
According to Nuzhat’s family, the doctors at JLNM Hospital didn’t attend her in time which led to complications and subsequent death of the feotus.
“We brought Nuzhat to JLNM Hospital at around 10 after she complained of severe abdominal pain. But, doctors refused to attend her immediately which deteriorated her condition and she delivered a dead baby later on at LD Hospital,” her brother Javid Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
He said that after reaching the hospital they directly took her to the labour room where an on-duty female doctor checked her registration card and refused to attend her.
“She told us to wait for another doctor. After waiting for nearly two hours, a male doctor came and attended her. After the checkup, he told us that they can’t treat her,” he said.
Ahmad said the male doctor who came “after two hours” referred her to LD hospital immediately after examining her but the ambulance driver was missing which again delayed the referral for almost one hour.
“The delay deteriorated her condition as she was bleeding profusely. We reached Lal Ded Hospital at around 12.30 pm where doctors told us that they can’t save the child as she has lost blood in the transit,” he added.
As per the medical records prepared by doctors at LD Hospital, Nuzhat had a ‘placental abruption’ and they had to conduct emergency C-section on her to save the mother.
Deputy Medical Superintendent JLNM Hospital, Dr Tabassum refused the allegations and said that the patient arrived in critical condition due to the condition “APH”.
“One of our senior doctors referred her to LD Hospital at around 11.45 am. I am sure there was no negligence or delay from our side still I will check with my team,” she said.
One of the accused doctors, who requested not to be named, also refuted the allegations and said the patient was attended by her without any delay. However, she admitted that she was not the right person to decide on her treatment and referral.
“The Consultant who was posted in the Labour room on September 26 was busy in surgery so I called another doctor from OPD and told him to attend the patient who came with APH. He came immediately and referred her to LD Hospital. A senior staff nurse accompanied her who assisted the family on-way and in LD Hospital also,” said the doctor, who is working as a Medical Officer in the Department of Gynae and Obstetrics.

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