The team is receiving appreciation for not leaving the operation midway despite unfavourable conditions in the operation theatre (OT).
The team comprising senior gynaecologist Dr Binda Arya, anaesthetist Dr Sachidanand Roy, junior doctors Dr Nirmala Kumari, Dr Ashita Srivastava and Dr Mamta Rani continued with the C-section despite thick black smokes engulfing the OT room because of which the doctors couldn't see anything for some time. The doctors'team and patient(Babita) left the OT only after the operation ended, around 15 minutes later.
Junior doctor Mamata had developed breathing problems because of the smoke and had to be briefly admitted to the emergency ward and given oxygen.
"We heard the sound of a blast. Anaesthetist Sachidanand Roy and some others went outside to check and got to know that an electrical panel had caught fire in the emergency wing," said Nirmala.
"It happened around 7.30pm. After that there was a stampede-like situation at the place, as everyone wanted to get out of the emergency wing. But we didn't go out of the OT. The baby had been delivered but the mother's suturing remained to be done. Leaving the patient in that condition would have been unethical. Also, the patient was not in a position to move.
"So we continued with the surgery. It took us 15 minutes. After that we all came out and shifted the patient to the intensive care unit, as we didn't want to put her life at risk by shifting her to a ward."
For a brief while there was no electricity in the OT, which was covered in thick smoke.
"Immediately after the blast, there was no electricity in the OT," Nirmala said.
"We asked paramedics to switch on torches. The patient had started becoming very nervous hearing about the fire. She started pleading with us. 'Please don't leave me Madam ji,' she cried. We consoled her while continuing with the stitching job. We had opened all windows of the OT, to get some relief from the smoke. "We had also kept the doors of the OT open so that anybody coming with help could easily reach us.
"After some time, the hospital generator started working and a semblance of normalcy was restored."
Babita's husband Deepak Kumar was all praise for the doctors.
"It is rightly said that doctors are Gods on earth and this incident has proved so. We would be thankful to NMCH doctors throughout our life," said Deepak, who was happy that at the end of everything, his wife and baby girl were doing fine and unharmed by the fire
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