Gynecologist from Sikkim suspended after pregnant patient dies
Guwahati: A Gynecologist from STNM Hopsital in Sikkim has been suspended for not attending to a pregnant patient, which later led to the death of her and the unborn fetus.
The incident occurred on January 13, when a 36-year-old woman who was 8 months pregnant and due to deliver on January 24-25 had visited the STNM hospital with her husband for a regular checkup.
The doctor on the scene allegedly suggested the patient to go ultrasound, which found that the foetus was missing heartbeat.
The patient was then allegedly suggested surgery and rushed to the operation theatre.
The doctor on duty, however, had completed his scheduled shift and urged the patient and her family to wait for next shift doctor to carry out the surgery.
There was no one at the hospital to treat the Khamdong resident, who was left unattended for more than 15 hours, including no doctor to undertake a C-section delivery of her unborn foetus.
The patient bled profusely trying to deliver the unborn baby through vaginal (normal) delivery on her own, claims a source at STNM Hospital.
According to a government order, Dr Parasmani Karki (who was supposed to be on duty) has been ordered to not leave the state capital Gangtok, which serves as his headquarters, without prior permission until the investigation reaches its conclusion.
He has been suspended under Sub Rule 1 of the rule 8 of Sikkim Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1985.