Ganga Sen (45) lived in Malad together with her husband and kids. In January 2019, she started to expertise extreme menstrual bleeding and her doctor referred her to Jeevan Maternity Hospital, Malad. Dr Sarina Relan and Dr Ramesh Relan carried out the hysterectomy, together with their group, on January 13. Even after being discharged from hospital, Ganga continued to complain of stomach ache and her son, Rahul, took her again to see Dr Sarina. In response to the FIR, Ganga was instructed that ache was skilled generally and he or she would get higher. She was given antibiotics.
The ache by no means went away although. In the meantime, Rahul’s marriage ceremony was deliberate at their hometown in Rajasthan. The household travelled to Udaipur however Ganga’s situation was no higher. One other go to to a doctor and extra antibiotics didn’t assist. On Could 6, Ganga was wheeled into J Ok Hospital at Udaipur after she developed a fever and commenced to vomit. A CT scan revealed a surgical mop in her physique.
“She underwent a surgical procedure which was videographed. Docs took out the surgical mop and instructed us concerning the extent of the an infection,” mentioned Rahul. Ganga spent one other over two months in varied hospitals even because the household struggled to foot the medical payments. On July 26, Ganga died at dwelling.
Rahul had given a criticism letter to the police earlier than her loss of life. “The protocol in circumstances of this nature is to ship all paperwork to an specialists’ panel at Grant Medical School. If the panel finds a physician negligent, solely then is an FIR registered,” mentioned investigating officer Amol Shinde.
Rahul made near 50 journeys up to now two years to the police station, the courtroom and to Grant Medical School for redressal. He was instructed on the medical faculty that there was a excessive pendency of circumstances.
Out of funds, Rahul, who works as a financial institution peon, moved to Virar together with his spouse. His father and sisters stayed again in Rajasthan. After the specialists gave a report earlier this yr, stating the gynecologists had been negligent, the police registered an FIR on March 1. The report additionally talked about a separate incident, reported in TOI in 2008, of a surgical mop being left within the physique of one other affected person on the similar hospital.
TOI reached out to Jeevan Hospital for a remark. Dr Siddharth Relan, husband of Dr Sarina, mentioned she would get again if she wished to speak, however there was no response.
“There’s a want for courts to direct the administration to formulate applicable pointers pertaining to medical negligence circumstances. The specialists’ panel might add a judicial member along with medical doctors, which might deliver transparency to the method. Because the police are but to make any arrest, we might method Bombay excessive courtroom with a PIL (public curiosity litigation) for fast disposal of such circumstances,” mentioned advocate Tanya Jha, representing the Sens.