A pregnant woman lost her twin foetuses in Kerala after she was allegedly denied treatment at four hospitals on Saturday. The hospitals allegedly denied her treatment because she did not have an RT-PCR test result proving that she is free from Covid-19. The denial caused a delay of 14 hours before she received treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode.
By Sunday evening, the doctors declared the twins dead.
NC Sherif, a native of Malappuram district said that he reached the Government Medical College Hospital in Manjeri with his wife Sahla Thasneem, 20, on Saturday at 4 am. Thasneem, whose due date was October 26, suffered from some pregnancy-related pain.
The Manjeri MCH authorities, however, maintained that only Covid positive cases would be treated there, Sherif said.
According Sherif the Manjeri MCH discharged his wife at 9.30am. However, they received the reference report to the Govt Women and Children’s Hospital, Kottaparamba, in Kozhikode only around 11.30am.
Shunting from one hospital to another
When they reached the Kottaparamba hospital, it was past the out-patient time slot and the gynaecologist was absent. The authorities asked the couple to go to another hospital. Sherif contacted a private hospital at Omassery in Kozhikode. They too allegedly refused to treat the woman.
Later, the KMCT Medical College Hospital, Manassery, in Mukkam accepted the lady and conducted an antigen test, which showed negative.
“After a scan the hospital authorities informed me that the babies’ hearts were not beating. But I didn’t tell anyone and prayed to God for the scan result to be wrong. So I took her to the Kozhikode MCH,” Sherif said.
He said, had the Manjeri hospital conducted the scanning, the tragedy could have been averted. “I will file a complaint against the Manjeri hospital authorities, who refused to treat my wife,” he said.
She was admitted to Kozhikode MCH at around 3pm, but taken to the labour room at 3.30pm. The doctors declared the twins dead at 5.45pm.