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Pregnant woman denied admission at hospitals fearing COVID-19, dies after giving birth to twins


Nation Next Newsroom | Jun 14, 2020 22:22

In an extremely tragic incident, a 7-month pregnant woman from Uttarakhand’s Dehradun died on June 12 – three days after losing her premature twins as five hospitals refused admission to her for her delivery fearing COVID-19 spread.

As per the family, the 24-year-old woman Sudha Saini was turned away from hospitals citing the reason that she had temperature and could be a COVID-19 carrier. One hospital turned her away saying that the delivery will take place in the ninth month and so she was told to come after two months.

Sudha ultimately ended up giving birth to two premature twins at her home on June 9, both of whom died because of absence of medical care. The mother’s condition deteriorated after she gave birth.

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The family somehow managed to contact MLA Harbans Kapoor who asked Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr BC Ramola to get her admitted to Doon Hospital on priority basis. The woman died while being treated at the ICU of the hospital.

Sudha’s husband Kamlesh Saini is a daily wager from Bihar and has been living in Dehradun for more than six years. He has two children, aged four and one.