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Wednesday , December 26 , 2012
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Kin FIR on bruised, dead newborn

Siliguri, Dec. 25: The family of a woman, who was admitted to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for a Caesarean section, has alleged that the doctor injured the newborn in the chest during the operation, causing its death.

Anjana Mondal, a resident of Bharatnagar near here, was admitted to the Siliguri district Hospital on Saturday night and taken to NBMCH yesterday.

“My wife was admitted to the district hospital for delivery on Saturday. An ultrasonography was done on Sunday at a private diagnostic centre near the hospital and after examining the reports, the doctors told us that the foetus was normal. But yesterday, they said there could be complications and told us to take my wife to NBMCH,” said Bapi Mondal, who works with a Siliguri-based catering company.

“A Caesarean section was conducted at NBMCH around 5pm yesterday and the doctor who operated on my wife left the hospital 15 minutes later. After some time, we were informed by the staff in the labour ward that my wife had delivered a stillborn male baby. We wanted to see the baby and they brought him in a tray. At that time, we saw a knife injury in the chest region. I also took a photograph of the injury on my cellphone,” Bapi said.

Anjana’s family believes the baby died after suffering the chest injury and have mentioned this in the FIR.

“We are sure that the knife injury was caused when the doctor performed the Caesarean section on my wife and my son died because of the injury. The doctor sensed that there could be trouble after the baby’s death and left. We approached the hospital authorities to take action against the doctor but they said he was not at fault and that the baby died in the womb before the operation. They did not give us the doctor’s name,” Bapi said.

The 25-year-old woman’s relatives filed the FIR late last night.

“We lodged an FIR at the NBMCH police outpost against the doctor and hospital authorities around 11.45pm. We have also submitted a written complaint to the hospital superintendent and demanded steps against the doctor. We will also apply for a post-mortem of the body,” Bapi said.

Anjana is undergoing treatment at NBMCH.

Hospital authorities said an inquiry committee would be set up to probe the matter.

“We have preserved the baby’s body and are waiting for the patient’s relatives to apply for the post-mortem. They have filed a written complaint and we will set up an inquiry committee to find out the cause of the baby’s death,” said Shekhar Ranjan Basu, the superintendent in charge of NBMCH.

“It is not possible to give the name of the doctor (who conducted the surgery) because Caesarean sections are performed by a group of senior and junior doctors. We can only comment after the inquiry committee submits its report.”

Deputy commissioner of police, Siliguri, O.G. Pal, said: “A case of negligence has been started against the doctor. An investigation is on.”