Woman bitten by snake dies despite treating at 5 hospitals from Kanhangad to Kozhikode
Neeleswaram: A woman died of snakebite despite being taken to 5 hospitals for treatment. Family of the woman alleged that she died as she was not given medical care at the right time. The woman identified as A V Archana (40), wife of Kasaragod Latheesh, died at a private hospital in Kozhikode on Sunday midnight.
Archana was bitten by a viper on July 21 by 6.45 pm from house compound. Archana’s brother-in-law, K Saneesh, alleged that she was given antivenom only after 3.5 hours although she was taken to Kanhangad district hospital within 20 minutes of the incident.
The hospital authorities informed them initially that only slight amount of venom has reached her body. But they told the family on July 22 that her condition was critical and that Archana’s kidney has been affected.
Following this, the hospital authorities referred her to Pariyaram medical college. But the treatment was delayed due to COVID cases. They then had to shift Archana to Kannur AKG hospital as the number of COVID cases in the Pariyaram medical college increased.
However, by then the blood in her legs began to clot. Once her condition started deteriorating, she was shifted to Kozhikode medical college hospital and later to a private hospital.
As part of the treatment, her leg was amputated below the knee. However, her kidneys stopped functioning by then. The family is now planning to file a complaint. Meanwhile, Kanhangad District hospital superintendent KV Prakashan responded that all treatments were given to Archana at the right time.