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Woman dies after surgery goof-up

Muzaffarpur Jan. 24: The much-publicised family planning project of the state government received a massive blow when a 34-year-old woman died last night because of the complications she developed during the tubectomy she underwent last month.

Manju Devi had gone for the family planning operation at the Aurai block primary health centre on December 24, last year. The same night she had to be rushed to Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), Muzaffarpur, after she started bleeding profusely because of the operation.

Manju’s husband Kishori Sah told The Telegraph that Dr R.N. Sharma along with Yogendra Ram of the primary health centre conducted the operation on his wife.

During the operation, the doctors accidentally cut the intestine of Manju. The patient started bleeding profusely and was rushed to SKMCH for better treatment. Sah blamed Dr Sharma of negligence while conducting the operation. Angry over the “haphazard manner of operation”, attendants of Manju had heckled Dr Sharma after which the latter ran away from the primary health centre.

On December 25, Sah lodged an FIR against Dr Sharma and Ram at the Aurai police station, accusing them of attempting to kill his wife.

The matter was also brought to the notice of civil surgeon-cum-chief medical officer A.P. Singh who served a showcause notice on Dr Sharma for reckless operation.

Manju, who was getting treatment at SKMCH, died last night. Her death trigger protests in the area. Relatives of Manju blocked the NH-77 Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi road to vent out their anguish over the gross negligence during her treatment here.

The protesters also staged a demonstration before the office of district magistrate Anand Kishore today and demanded immediate arrest of Dr Sharma and Ram.

Sah petitioned to the district magistrate and demanded stern action against Dr Sharma and adequate compensation from the authorities. The district magistrate asked the civil surgeon to examine the lapses on the part of Dr Sharma and initiate action against him. He assured the family members of Manju that their compensation demand would be conveyed to the authorities.

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