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Cherthala: A pregnant woman who returned home after seeking treatment at a taluk hospital gave birth to a stillborn two hours later. The incident took place in Kanjikuzhi in Alappuzha. The woman has been identified as Dhanya (32), a native of Cherthala. She has been admitted to the taluk hospital.
As per reports, Dhanya sought treatment at the intensive care unit of the hospital around 2.45 am on Wednesday. She underwent a urine test, was given an injection by the duty doctor and discharged around 5 am. However, she complained of severe pain later and delivered a boy at her home.
Following which, the duo was rushed to the hospital, but the pre-term baby was declared dead. The cause of death was determined to be placental abruption. The woman was six months into her pregnancy and the baby weighed 680 grams.
Meanwhile, Dhanya’s family alleged that medical negligence had resulted in the death of the baby. “Although Dhanya sought treatment for back pain, she was examined without contacting a gynaecologist and that led to the issue,” said Unnikkannan, Dhanya’s husband.
However, the superintendent of the taluk hospital denied the allegations of medical negligence and said that the baby died due to placental disruption and the patient was directed to consult a gynaecologist later the day.