An Indian medical doctor has been accused of causing the death of a pregnant woman through a cesarean session operation while also cutting up the new born baby.
The family of an expectant woman is up in arms with an Indian medical doctor whose incompetence in carrying out a cesarean session operation on her led to her death as well as scarring the new baby. The pregnant woman, Funkemi Hunpe, according to the New Telegraph Newspaper, died as a result of the alleged negligence by the Indian doctor, Dr. M. B. Jayaram, while being delivered of her baby.
She was said to be undergoing a cesarean operation at the hospital, Prema Sai Hospital, Agege, Lagos State, when she gave up the ghost.
Her distraught husband, Semako Hunpe, said that the medical personnel at the hospital were responsible for the death of his wife as well as inflicting severe cuts on his baby, Oluwasetemi Mary Hunpe, while she was being delivered.
Hunpe further alleged that after his wife died, the hospital called a pastor to pray for her, hoping to resuscitate her. He is also angry that throughout his wife’s prolonged labour, the doctor did not bother to join the nurses in the labour room until it was too late.
The sad widower has gone ahead to sue the doctor and the hospital to the tune of N500m. In the suit filed by his lawyer at an Ikeja High Court, Hunpe alleges that the doctor’s professional misconduct led to his wife’s death.
Hunpe averred that his wife consulted Jayaram on 17 February, 2014, for the purpose of ante-natal services. He narrated that when his wife began to notice pre-delivery signs on February 24, she went to the hospital and was, 'subsequently placed on admission and given injections, sequel to which she was ordered to engage in labour exercise for several hours without medical attention from available mid-wives and auxiliary nurses.'
Hunpe said that he was invited into the labour room after several hours of intense labour without adequate care and was asked to encourage his wife, 'to push out,' as she appeared exhausted.
In the labour room, the widower alleged he saw a nurse apply 'Aboniki' (a balm) on his wife. The nurse was allegedly rubbing the deceased’s abdomen with the balm, while asking her to push.
"After this amateurish mechanism did not yield the desired result, they cut my wife three times to bring out the baby and placed it somewhere unattended to."
He said that that there was no doctor present throughout the delivery. A nurse later went to call Jayaram, according to him. Hunpe said that his wife bled profusely to death owing to the unprofessional cuts she received. The widower alleged that Jayaram told him around 6:45pm on February 26, 2014, to call his pastor, as she did not think that his wife could survive.
He explained that he was later informed that his wife was dead. The hospital allegedly called a pastor to pray for the resurrection of the deceased. But the woman did not resurrect.
But the hospital's counsel, John Adanike, has denied the charges of unprofessional misconduct, saying the doctor performed her professional duty in the best manner throughout the time the deceased stayed in the hospital.
"Our client denies being negligent in any manner or being guilty of any professional misconduct.
Consequently, our client denies liability to pay damages in the sum of N500 million or any sum at all. No doctor would willingly allow the death of his patient. He would work with all his professional knowledge to save life.
But if by any circumstance death occurs, the doctor or the hospital should not be held to ransom. People die every day."