Woman dies 4 days after delivery in Vashi; family alleges negligence

25 August, 2016

A 25-year-old woman, who gave birth to her second child four days ago, died in the early hours of Wednesday at Navi Mumbai Municipal Hospital in Vashi, due to alleged medical negligence.

The deceased has been identified as Suman Dalvi, a resident of Indira Nagar at Turbhe. Suman’s brother Lakhan Jadhav alleged that his sister died due to negligence on the part of the civic hospital staff.

“My sister was brought to NMMC hospital after she developed labour pain around 6 pm on August 20. On the same day, after giving birth to a baby boy, she started having trouble breathing. Doctors on duty doctors did not provide her oxygen from the oxygen cylinder. And, after her condition worsened, they suggested we shift her to JJ Hospital in Mumbai,” says Jadhav. He added, “The doctor on duty told us that they have spoken to the JJ Hospital authorities to provide us with a bed as a general patient. But, when we took her to JJ Hospital, the doctors there after examining Suman, said her conduction is critical and none of the beds in the intensive care unit are vacant. Due to this we were forced to bring her back to NMMC Hospital.”

“After re-admitting my sister at NMMC Hospital, the doctor here said if she did not respond within 24 hours, her chances of survival were low,” said Suman’s uncle Manik Balakar. She died at around 1.30 am on Wednesday. Balakar also said the family lost seven to eight hours in travelling from Vashi Hospital to JJ Hospital and back.


NMMC First Referral Hospital Superintendent Dr. Prashant Javade told The Hindu, “Suman gave birth by Caesarean section and during the operation, she suffered respiratory trouble. So we had to transfer her to the ICU. Just to get better medical attention we told the patient’s family to shift her to JJ Hospital, and we had informed the JJ Hospital authorities about the same. When I spoke to the JJ authorities they told me the doctors there informed the patient’s relatives that there was no vacant bed and asked them to wait two hours to get a bed arranged for her, but instead they returned to Vashi with the patient.”

Turbhe MIDC police station Senior Police Inspector Ramchandra Deshmuk said, “So far we have registered an accidental death report under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code. We could add further sections only based on the medical committee’s report.”

JJ Hospital Dean Dr. TP Lahane said he was not aware of such a case, but the hospital’s four-member committee would look into the details.