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Day after childbirth,woman dies of ‘dengue’,baby critical: Doctors

A 28-year-old pregnant woman from Munirka Village,diagnosed with dengue at a private hospital,died on Friday.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi |
October 27, 2013 1:11:49 am

A 28-year-old pregnant woman from Munirka Village,diagnosed with dengue at a private hospital,died on Friday. Doctors at a city hospital conducted an emergency Caesarian-section to deliver her daughter on Thursday. The newborn,doctors said,is showing symptoms of blood infection and is critical.

According to doctors at Sukhmani hospital in Safdarjung Enclave,Aswathi Shyam Sundar (28) was admitted to the hospital on October 21. “She had a very nasty strain of dengue. Despite three mega units of platelet transfusion,Aswathi started showing symptoms of haemorrhagic shock. On October 24,there was a very sharp fall in her platelets and,around the same time,she started getting labour pains. We did a C-section to help save the baby,” Dr Balbir Singh Gandhi,CEO of Sukhmani hospital,said.

He said after the C-section,mother and baby were stable for a few hours. Then,Aswathi’s blood pressure dipped. “The BP picked up after some time and we stabilised her. We requested the family to shift her to a higher medical facility as she was critical,” Dr Gandhi said.

On Friday,the newborn developed an infection from her meconium fluid,doctors said.

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“Meconium is the first stool passed by an infant. In this case,it happened while the baby was still in the womb. This is associated with deliveries under stress… We put the baby on antibiotics to control her total leukocyte count,” Dr Gandhi said.

Aswathi’s family told Newsline that after the delivery on Thursday,they hired a private ambulance to shift Aswathi to a higher medical centre. The family said they were turned away by a hospital in Okhla and Aswathi was finally admitted to Moolchand Medicity in Lajpat Nagar around 1 am on Friday.

A doctor at Moolchand hospital said,“The patient had sustained cardiac arrests by the time she came here. Her liver function was deteriorating and she had gone into haemorrhagic shock. She died on Friday morning around 9.30 am.” The municipal corporation is yet to confirm dengue as the cause of her death.

Aswathi’s husband Shyam Sunder blamed the municipal corporation for his wife’s death and said no fogging activity has been carried out in the Munirka Village though many dengue cases had been reported in the area. The family also claimed that at least two government hospitals refused to admit Aswathi when they approached them.

Meanwhile,on Saturday,the family tried to get the newborn admitted to AIIMS.

“The AIIMS doctors,however,told us that the treatment the baby was receiving at present should stabilise her by Monday and that it was not safe to shift her in this condition,”Aswathi’s uncle Omanakuttan said.

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