Pregnant woman, foetus die at STNM Hospital, doctor absent

GANGTOK: A 36-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby died at the STNM Hospital in the wee hours of Friday, allegedly due to absence of an Obstetrician. The now deceased patient was 8 months pregnant, and was due to deliver on January 24-25.

The patient was brought to STNM Hospital at about 3 pm on Thursday. The doctor or nurse on the scene suggested that the patient undergo ultrasound, wherein it was learned that the foetus was missing heartbeat. The patient was then allegedly rushed to the operation theatre. The doctor on duty, however, had completed his scheduled shift and urged the patient and her family to wait for next shift doctor to carry out the surgery.

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The deceased, a resident of Khamdong village in East Sikkim, had come to the STNM Hospital for her regular check up with her husband, some 15 hours before her death

The patient’s pre-delivery formalities were carried out, a source at STNM Hospital said. “But with the absence of the doctor in next shift, the patient opted to carry out normal delivery of her unborn foetus. She lost a lot of blood but insisted on normal delivery rather than going for C-section. She lost her life this morning.”

The deceased, a resident of Khamdong village in East Sikkim, had come to the STNM Hospital for her regular check up with her husband, some 15 hours before her death.

STNM Hospital management has refused to comment on the incident, claiming that an inquiry is being conducted to probe the negligence of doctor and obstetrics department in the hospital.

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