Pregnant woman’s death sparks protests on Gill road
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The death of a pregnant woman at a private hospital in the city sparked off protests by her family members, who accused doctors of "administering the wrong medicine" and causing her death due to negligence. There were dramatic scenes outside Kiran Hospital on Gill Road after the family members of Mini Chopra (26), who died in hospital on Friday, held a protest and blocked traffic on Saturday.
Vinod Kumar, husband of deceased, talking to Ludhiana Newsline, alleged: "The hospital staff took my wife inside the labour room and asked us get clothes for the baby as her delivery could take place any time. My mother and I were told to wait outside and I paid the amount they had asked for medicines and they got the medicines on their own." He added: "After ten minutes, we saw blood coming out of her ears and white coloured liquid flowing out of her mouth. The hospital staff told us to take her to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital immediately and there she was declared dead."
Vinod further alleged that the hospital did not even provide an ambulance and hence he was forced to transport his wife by auto rick shaw to Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital.
The Shimlapuri police booked the doctor, Kiran, on charges of causing death by negligence on Friday following the protests. Police had also sealed the hospital on Friday night but the lock and glass door of the entrance gate was found broken on Saturday morning. Vinod, who is photographer, further alleged that his wife had died at Kiran Hospital adding that the doctors were pretending that her condition was serious but alive.
When contacted, Dr Tarlochan Singh, owner of Kiran Hospital denied all the allegations, adding that no injection was given to the patient. He said the woman was suffering from eclampsia (a life-threatening complication during pregnancy.)