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Woman in coma for nine months after operation

A 31-year-old woman has been in coma for the past nine months due to alleged negligence on part of doctors who operated upon her at Jeevandeep Medi Care Centre on Sus Road at Pashan.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 6, 2009 3:36:41 am

Doctor,assistants booked; Rupali suffered brain damage during the operation

A 31-year-old woman has been in coma for the past nine months due to alleged negligence on part of doctors who operated upon her at Jeevandeep Medi Care Centre on Sus Road at Pashan. The Chatuhshrungi police have booked three doctors,their assistants and nurses following a complaint filed by her husband.

According to the police,a pregnant Rupali Kukde was admitted to the Jeevandeep centre on August 8,2008,by her husband Prashant Kukde (36). The doctors had advised a Caesarean operation. Rupali,who was operated upon around 1.30 pm the same day,delivered a boy. But since the team of doctors did not take proper care while administering aneasthesia to her she became unconscious by evening and has been unconscious since then,police said. Police said Rupali was being treated by Dr Deepalaxmi Ragde,a private practitioner.

Her husband works as an assistant manager with a company in Hinjewadi and their family resides on Sus Road. Prashant said,“I heard my wife shout loudly for a minute around 2 pm inside the operation theatre. Our relatives accompanying me at the hospital were surprised when she was not brought out of the operation theatre even two hours after the operation. When she was brought out of the operation theatre,my mother was shocked to find that she was not breathing. When she brought this to the notice of the nurse she put her on artificial resuscitation,” he said.

Seeing his wife’s condition,Prashant sought advice of a senior doctor who immediately came to the hospital. After examining Rupali,he said she was in serious condition and needed to be shifted to the ICU urgently. Following which she was shifted to Ratna Hospital. When she did not regain consciousness,he shifted her to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. “Doctors told me that Rupali’s brain was damaged as she received less oxygen during operation.” Rupali is being taken care of by nurses at her residence. Prashant lodged a complaint against Dr Ragade and anaestheist Dr R P Daga on September 24,2008.

But Dr Ragade refused to comment on the issue. Her advocate Prashant Patil said,“We have not read the medical report on the basis of which the police has booked the doctor. Also,there is Supreme Court judgement which says that unless the medical expert confirms that a patient received injury due to the negligence of the doctor,the doctor cannot be booked.”

The police said they have booked the accused on the basis of a report received from Sassoon Hospital.

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