Following a complaint by a 30-year-old patient who alleged that she sustained severe burns to her chest and breasts during her delivery at the hospital, the Ghaziabad police on Wednesday lodged an FIR against a gynaecologist and the attending team of Matrika Hospital in Indirapuram
The woman was admitted to the hospital with labour pains and delivered a baby by Caesarean operation. However, during her stay in the hospital, she claims that she received burn injuries to the chest and breasts.
She approached the police which have now lodged an FIR under the Indian Penal Code sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).
“The FIR has been lodged against the gynaecologist and the attending team of the hospital. A medical inquiry report by the chief medical officer is also awaited. As part of the initial inquiry, the victim and the hospital officials were called, and thereafter an FIR was lodged,” Ravi Kumar, assistant superintendent of police (Indirapuram), said.
The woman said that a rubber hot-water bottle was put on her chest to raise her body temperature during the delivery and she sustained severe burns to her chest as well as both breasts.
“Since that day, I have not been able to feed my newborn. I am being treated at a super specialty hospital in Delhi. I had to run from pillar to post to get the FIR registered. It is a case of sheer medical negligence,” she said.
“The hospital did not have any burn specialist and arranged for one later. However, things have now become more complicated, as there are lumps developing in my breasts. The doctors says I will require surgery if I don’t start breastfeeding at the earliest. I still cannot breastfeed my child due to fear of infection,” she added.
The FIR names Dr Anjana Singh, the attending gynaecologist. Dr Singh, however, said she had nothing to do with the injuries.
“I finished the operation with the team and thereafter shifted the patient to post-op care. After shifting the patient, I left the hospital. It is now up to the police to investigate what happened and how the patient suffered burns,” Dr Singh said.
A medical inquiry in the case is also being taken up by the CMO.
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