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Hours after giving birth, woman dies stuck inside faulty KGMU lift

While terming woman’s death as “sad”, medical superintendent Dr S P Jaiswar said the incident will be investigated thoroughly.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: August 13, 2015 12:50:16 am

Hours after she gave birth to a baby girl, a 25-year-old woman died while being stuck inside a lift that went out of order at trauma centre of Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University’s (KGMU) Wednesday, police said.

While terming woman’s death as “sad”, medical superintendent Dr S P Jaiswar said the incident will be investigated thoroughly. “However, the patient died due to her illness and not due to being stuck in the lift,” Jaiswar claimed.

The deceased has been identified as Shivakanti, a resident of Lakhimpur Kheri district. As per the KGMU officials, she was admitted to the KGMU’s Queen Mary unit Tuesday while she was in labour pain. In poor health, she soon administered a unit of blood. At midnight, she gave birth to a girl and her condition further deteriorated.

Doctors said that it was then decided to put her on ventilator on third floor. Queen Mary’s Dr Anamika, intern Dhruv, a departmental employee, Shivakanti and her husband Krishan Kumar, took the lift for third floor at about 4.30am. Officials said Shivakanti was unconscious and on a stretcher when the lift got stuck between the second and third floors.

Dr Anamika managed to call the medical superintendent. However, they could be rescued only after about two-and-a-half hours, at 7 am. Shivakanti was declared dead upon being taken out of the elevator.

KGMU officials, meanwhile, blamed the UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam, which has undertaken the construction work for additional floors at the hospital, as well as elevator company Otis.

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