Woman on ventilator after sterilization, kin blame doctors

16 May, 2016

Mysuru: A woman who underwent laparoscopic sterilization at Cheluvamba Hospital is battling for life at a private hospital in Mysuru. Her family members alleged medical negligence on the part of doctors and lodged a complaint at Devaraja police station. 

Roopashree, 26, wife of CS Umapathi, a resident of Hootagalli, was admitted to Cheluvamba Hospital on May 11 and underwent laparoscopic sterilization on May 13. Soon after the operation, she suffered severe blood loss and her condition deteriorated on May 13. Since there was no vascular surgeon to attend to her, hospital authorities referred Roopashree to Apollo Hospital for further treatment. She is on ventilator and battling for life. 


The couple has two sons, aged 6 and 1.


Dr Sudha Rudrappa, incharge superintendent, Cheluvamba Hospital, said, "The gynaecological team belonging to C Unit of the hospital p er formed the laparoscopic sterilization. During the course of the operation, Roopashree started bleeding severely and was referred to Apollo Hospital for better treatment." Roopashree's husband Umapathi, who was upset with the treatment at Cheluvamba Hospital, lodged a complaint alleging that his wife's health was under threat due to negligence by doctors, and action should be taken against the gynaecologists who performed the operation on his wife. 
U mapathi, a junior engineer with Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation, NR Mohalla, said, "She was taken for a family planning operation to the OT at 8.30am Friday. Though women who went after her returned after the operation, she did not come out even after 3pm and neither did the doctor gave us any information about her. At 3.30pm, the doctors came out and said when they were performing the operation, apart from severe bleeding, her pulse rate and BP fell. We were told to take her immediately to Apollo Hospital. When we took her to Apollo Hospital, she was not conscious. Doctors who checked her said her liver was damaged, and that she needs an emergency operation. We were asked to deposit Rs 50,000 and we did. But even two days later, she is yet to regain consciousness. Doctors treating her said her condition is very serious as there is no oxygen supply to her head and the brain is almost dead. Though I told her not to go in for a family planning operation, she went with her mother to Cheluvamba Hospital." 


Dr Krishnamurthy, director of Mysuru Medical College Research and Institute, met the patient's family members and assured them that an enquiry would be conducted and the family would get justice. Dr Jayanth, senior general surgeon, is treating the patient and according to hospital sources, her condition is very critical.