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Towel left in woman's stomach during delivery, she had to be operated upon

New Delhi: Senior medical staff of Kasturba Gandhi hospital were under police radar for causing grievous hurt after they left a towel inside a woman's stomach during her caesarian delivery. Police sources said that the case was registered after an opinion from a panel of medical expert was taken following the filing of complaint by the woman's husband.
A preliminary probe has revealed that the woman, identified as Pooja, was admitted to the hospital on February 2, 2018 after having labour pain. Pooja underwent a caesarian operation, which was conducted by a team of doctors and nurses. After the surgery, a towel, which was used in the operation, got left behind inside the woman's stomach. Soon after the operation, Pooja started feeling acute pain in her stomach continuously.
The family alleged that the doctors were informed about the pain and even after examining her multiple times, they couldn't get a proper diagnosis for her pain. Pooja remained in that condition and had been referred to Lok Nayak hospital.
Finally, the couple went to Lok Nayak hospital on March 16, the X- ray report revealed that something opaque was inside the stomach. "Where it was found that a towel, used during the delivery of her child, was still inside her stomach," said Yogesh Sharma, husband of the patient. But in the meantime, she had suffered a major infection inside her stomach. Which lead to cut her a sanction of large intestine due to the severe infections. However, her health is still not normal.
The woman's husband said that his wife's life was at risk due to the negligence by the medical staff. "My wife's health severely deteriorated during the time the towel was inside her stomach. Her health is still fragile because of the doctor's mistake and she need another operation to repair departed intestine. We were never given a satisfactory reply by the medical team about my wife's health," her husband said. He added that the matter is subjudice in the court now. Moreover, authorities at the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital are at large despite the several attempts.
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