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Man asks medical council to probe wife’s death after egg donation

Doctors had kept the cause of death 'pending till the availability of viscera and histopathology reports from CFSL'.

New Delhi |
February 21, 2014 2:50:46 am
Sanju Rana, the husband. Sanju Rana, the husband.

Twenty-two days after the death of 26-year-old Yuma Sherpa following an egg donation procedure at New Life India Fertility Clinic in Lajpat Nagar, her husband on Thursday filed an application with the Delhi Medical Council (DMC), seeking an investigation into alleged medical negligence.

“I submitted two applications to the DCP of the area on February 14, requesting that an FIR be filed and that we get the viscera report at the earliest. But there has been no development. When I went to AIIMS on Wednesday,  I was told the report will take at least a month. How can we keep waiting that long to know how my wife died?” Sanju Rana said.

“I hope the DMC will conduct a fair inquiry. I am also considering approaching the judiciary with a plea to direct the police to at least register an FIR. My wife died suddenly after the egg donation procedure, she did not have any history of illness. Over 20 days after that, no action has been taken and the clinic is continuing its operations. How is this fair?” he asked.

Rana said he did not know his wife had volunteered to donate eggs. “My wife had spoken to me about donating her eggs once about four months ago. I told her not to, saying we were managing fine with our jobs. She never brought it up after that. On January 29, she said she had pain in her stomach and would visit a doctor. She called me to pick her up from the clinic the same evening. She sounded slightly drowsy. When I reached the clinic, she was unconscious and was on drip. Nobody there was ready to tell me what had happened to her. Three hours later, they told me she had had a heart attack and needed to be taken to a better hospital,” Rana said.

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He said he learnt only on February 1, after his wife’s autopsy, from a friend of hers at work, that she had enrolled to be an egg donor on January 18 at the clinic.

Yuma’s sister Pushpa said, “We asked the clinic to give us her treatment records but were denied… Police and AIIMS refuse to give us the post-mortem report. I cannot tell you how helpless and angry I feel.”

Newsline had reported that an initial post-mortem report submitted by a three-member board at AIIMS found hypertrophy in the ovaries, an enlarged uterus of about 120 grams, and haematoma in the utero-vesical pouch in the peritoneal cavity or abdomen.

Doctors had kept the cause of death “pending till the availability of viscera and histopathology reports from CFSL”. Yuma had been referred to a South Extension hospital after she did not respond to resuscitation on January 29, where she was declared dead after being kept on ventilator support for about an hour.

The medical director of New Life India Fertility Clinic had earlier denied irregularities in the case, saying it had taken Yuma’s consent and conducted all necessary screening and pre-anaesthetic tests. “It appears she had a sudden cardiac arrest. We are also awaiting the post-mortem report to find out what went wrong,” the director had said.

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