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Mumbai shocker: Woman, newborn die after hospital performs C-section using mobile torch

During the Caesarian delivery hospital experienced a power outage, and the generator was not activated for three hours

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 03rd 2024 10:14 AM
Mumbai shocker: Woman, newborn die after hospital performs C-section using mobile torch

Mumbai shocker: Woman, newborn die after hospital performs C-section using mobile torch

Mumbai shocker: In a tragic, spine-chilling and dreadful incident, a pregnant mother and her baby died after doctors at a hospital performed a Caesarian delivery using a cellphone torch. The hospital in question is run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), India's richest civic body, with a budget exceeding ₹ 52,000 crore, of which only 12 per cent is allocated for health.

The harrowing incident unfolded when Sahidun, the wife of Khusruddin Ansari, was admitted to the Sushma Swaraj maternity home in Mumbai's Bhandup area, which is operated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and during the Caesarian delivery hospital experienced a power outage, and the generator was not activated for three hours. Despite the loss of the mother and child, another delivery was reportedly conducted in the darkness. 


Following the horrific incident, members of the family erupted protests outside the hospital, prompting the BMC to initiate an inquiry into the incident.

Pregnant woman mother-in-law mother said, "My daughter-in-law was absolutely healthy and had been pregnant for nine months. All her reports were okay. They took her for the delivery at 7 am on April 29, kept her the whole day and, until 8 pm, we were told everything was fine. Doctors told us that the delivery would be normal. Then, when I went to meet her, I saw that she was covered in blood."

Ansari, grief-stricken and demanding justice, called for the punishment of the responsible doctors and staff, along with the closure of the hospital. He expressed deep sorrow over the loss, highlighting his own challenges as a specially abled individual with limited resources.

The family provided evidence of another delivery being conducted under similar conditions, underscoring the dire situation at the hospital. The incident has sparked outrage and calls for accountability from authorities.

Meanwhile, a senior doctor from the maternity hospital, who chose to remain anonymous, also commented on the power outage, highlighting an issue with the generator. "Surgery was nearly completed when the electricity went out. They had to resort to using a torch due to problems with the generator,” doctor said. 


- With inputs from agencies

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