More than three years after the death of 17-year-old Sushma Pandey,an oocyte donor at Rotunda – The Centre for Human Reproduction in Bandra in Mumbai,her mother Pramila Pandey filed a complaint before the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) seeking action against the medical director of Rotunda,Dr Gautam Allahbadia.
In her complaint in Marathi,Pramila (44),a resident of Saki Naka,alleged that despite her daughter being unmarried and under 18 years,Dr Allahbadia carried out the egg donation procedure. She alleged it caused her pain and eventually led her to death.
This could be a first-of-its kind complaint before the MMC. The complaint was filed on October 5 after officers of Saki Naka police station sought the opinion of the medical legal council of J J Hospital,following a High Court order.
Dr Allahbadia and the Rotunda Centre have,however,been spared of criminal charges. When reached for a comment,Allahbadia replied through a text message,The matter is sub-judice and I will be unable to comment on it.
Dr Shivkumar Utture,executive committee member of MMC,said this was the first time he heard of such a case against a doctor.
On August 11,2010,Pramila had filed a complaint against Sunil Chaumal,a scrap depot owner and Sushmas employer. The family was then not aware she was an egg donor. The Bombay High Court had in March 2012 discharged Chaumal,who had been accused of poisoning her. The court had pulled up the police for not probing the role of the hospital in her death. Saki Naka police investigations revealed Sushma had been going to Rotunda centre as an oocyte donor,
Curiously,the charge-sheet does not show that the investigating machinery had proceeded against Rotunda hospital,which has a record of the victim being an egg donor on three occasions prior to the incident,in flagrant violation of the requirement that such a donor has to be between the ages of 18 years and 35 years,when the victim was only 17 years on the last occasion…and she had been donating eggs for at least one-and-a-half years before this, the HC had observed. Following a court order,police consulted J J Hospital regarding action to be taken against Rotunda Centre.