The death of a pregnant woman at a private hospital in the city sparked off protests by her family members,who accused doctors of administering the wrong medicine and causing her death due to negligence. There were dramatic scenes outside Kiran Hospital on Gill Road after the family members of Mini Chopra (26),who died in hospital on Friday,held a protest and blocked traffic on Saturday.
Vinod Kumar,husband of deceased,talking to Ludhiana Newsline,alleged: The hospital staff took my wife inside the labour room and asked us get clothes for the baby as her delivery could take place any time. My mother and I were told to wait outside and I paid the amount they had asked for medicines and they got the medicines on their own. He added: After ten minutes,we saw blood coming out of her ears and white coloured liquid flowing out of her mouth. The hospital staff told us to take her to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital immediately and there she was declared dead.
Vinod further alleged that the hospital did not even provide an ambulance and hence he was forced to transport his wife by auto rick shaw to Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital.
The Shimlapuri police booked the doctor,Kiran,on charges of causing death by negligence on Friday following the protests. Police had also sealed the hospital on Friday night but the lock and glass door of the entrance gate was found broken on Saturday morning. Vinod,who is photographer,further alleged that his wife had died at Kiran Hospital adding that the doctors were pretending that her condition was serious but alive.
When contacted,Dr Tarlochan Singh,owner of Kiran Hospital denied all the allegations,adding that no injection was given to the patient. He said the woman was suffering from eclampsia (a life-threatening complication during pregnancy.)
Meanwhile,Minis postmortem was conducted at the Ludhiana Civil Hospital on Saturday. Dr Mandeep Singh at the civil hospital said the postmortem was conducted on Saturday adding that the parts of some organs of her body have been sent for tests to the Patiala Medical College and Laboratory in Kharar. He further said that the exact cause of death can only be ascertained after the viscera reports are prepared.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA),on the other hand,was quick to condemn the protests outside the hospital. In a statement,Punjab IMA president Dr Manoj Sobti said: The IMA in strong words condemns the violence at Kiran Hospital,Gill Road,Ludhiana. The IMA has full sympathy with the family of the deceased Mrs Mini Chopra. But at the same time it is of the firm opinion that relatives of the patient should not take law into their own hands and indulge in ransacking the hospital. As per the standing orders of the ADGP,dated 20-12-2007,a case of negligence can be registered against a doctor only after the medical board found him/her guilty of negligence.