Newborn dies after slipping out of womb.
Summary: Distraught man says nurses made his wife walk to delivery room when she was already in labour
Lata Rani, Correspondent
Patna: The death of a newborn who died after slipping from the womb at a government hospital in Muzzaffarpur district, some 80km north of Patna, in Bihar has caused outrage.
The tragedy took place on Friday when a pregnant woman was forced to walk to the delivery room after the onset of labour. The patient, identified as Puja Devi, is the wife of one Naresh Sah.
The patient's family said Puja Devi was being escorted by two hospital nurses as she slowly walked from the delivery room, where she had been admitted to for the past two days, to the labour room when the baby suddenly slipped from her womb and suffered critical head injuries. The baby died soon thereafter.
"The hospital administration is totally responsible for the incident," a distraught Sah said. "My wife was told to walk up to the labour room, instead of being carried on stretcher, even though she was in labour."
The nurses are alleged to have assaulted the patient in the labour room as she wept bitterly after losing her baby, with Sah claiming that they had callously asked his distraught wife: "Why did you go for the third child when you already had two?"
The local administration has ordered an investigation. "This is a very serious matter. We have ordered an investigation into the matter. Based on the probe report, action will be taken against the culprits," local Muzaffarpur district magistrate Dharmendra Singh told the media today.
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