Afternoon D & C Dedicated To Mumbai


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Suresh Golani


A young girl was rushed to a MBMC-run hospital early in the morning but had to wait till late evening just for the doctors to examine her. Her fever rose and her symptoms heightened, but the doctors were apparently tending to their private practices. In a final attempt to save her, the parents rushed her to a private facility where she was declared dead on arrival, then rushed back to the Government hospital. As a shoddy cover up for the negligence of the day, or maybe even just complete lack of training, the hospital staff began treating the body of the dead girl thereby submitting the family to even more heartbreak. A lack of knowledge or a lack of empathy, either way, a Mumbai family is broken and a young girl is gone.

Hospital treats dead patient

In a bid to avoid the obvious case of negligence that led to the death of a young girl, an MBMC hospital wheels her body away and treats the 'dead body.'

Remember the scene from the Akshay Kumar starrer movie-Gabbar Is Back-where the doctors of a hospital are caught red handed while treating a dead patient. The horrifying and shameful incident was replicated in real life at a municipal hospital in Bhayandar on Monday night, thus rubbing salt on the wounds of the parents who had already lost their daughter-Vaishali Dumbre (17) allegedly due to non-availability of doctors and medical negligence at the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) run-Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Hospital in Bhayandar (west).

A resident of Dr. Ambedkar Nagar, Vaishali was suffering from mild fever and had gone for a check-up to the hospital at around 9 am on Monday. It has been alleged that for a long time doctors were unavailable and a few nurses who were present got her admitted and initiated primary treatment.

Finally at around 9 pm, Dr. Snehal Naraade checked the patient and advised her family to shift her to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Centenary Hospital in Kandivali as her platelet count and blood pressure had dropped sharply. Moreover the girl was bleeding from her nose. While the girl was being shifted, her condition deteriorated and she was taken to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival.

The irate family members returned with the body to the civic hospital, but to their  shock and dismay, the on-duty medical staff in an apparent attempt to escape the  wrath, wheeled her inside and started administering saline to the dead body, alleged the girl’s parents.  “Due to the absence of doctors, there was a long delay in diagnosing her ailment, as a result of which she lost her life.” alleged Vaishali’s father.“The on-duty doctor who was supposed to be here, was apparently busy in private practice. The 12 hour delay in treatment claimed the girl's life. Those responsible should be booked for culpable homicide.” said social worker-Rohit Suvarna.

Sources said that while there was no official supervision on  doctors who should be on duty, some doctors followed a self-implied rule of performing a 24 hour duty followed by 3 to 4 days break. “ Unaware that the girl had already died, the doctors performed a cardio pulmonary resuscitation and did not administer saline. However autopsy reports are awaited and we are also conducting a probe into the matter. Anyone found guilty will not be spared.” said MBMC’s medical chief Dr. Prakash Jadhav.

Interestingly the MBMC  has all apparatus needed for an ICU which is yet to come into existence.  A case of accidental death has been registered at the local police station.

“The on-duty doctor who was supposed to be here, was apparently busy in private practice. The 12 hour delay in treatment claimed the girl's life. Those responsible should be booked for culpable homicide.”
—Rohit Suvarna, social worker

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