A 23-year-old pregnant woman delivered her baby without any medical assistance at Nagpur’s GMCH (Government Medical College and Hospital) after her cries for help to the hospital staff went unheard. The first time mother, Sukeshni Shrikant Chatare, a resident of Hudkeshwar in Nagpur, was under treatment at GMCH for her pregnancy.
Sukeshni was admitted at GMCH on Saturday evening as her due date was approaching. As per reports, the woman was initially made to lie down on the floor in the hospital. After her relatives complained to senior officials at the hospital, she was given a bed in the gynaecology ward.
As per the relatives, Sukeshni experienced labour pain on Sunday evening and she was taken to the delivery ward. When the pain eased, the doctors left the ward.
In the midnight, when the pains started again, Sukeshni was alone in the ward. She cried for help but no hospital staffer came to help. Her cries, however, woke a relative of another patient, who saw the baby’s head coming out. The person asked Sukeshni to pull the baby herself. After initial apprehension, Sukeshni, unable to bear the pain, pulled the baby out herself.
Later, when Sukeshni’s mother reached the hospital, she woke up the nurse, who cut the umbilical cord and reportedly asked Sukeshni to sleep on the floor with the new-born baby.
On Monday morning, Sukeshni was still on the floor with her baby when her relatives arrived. After a complaint to the gynaecology department, the mother was given a bed.
Sukeshni’s husband Shrikant has demanded strict punishment for doctors and nurses at the hospital for gross negligence. NG Tirpude, the acting dean of GMCH, has called the incident unfortunate and has order an inquiry in the matter. Tirpude said, “We have set up a three-member committee to probe and told them to submit the report as soon as possible.”