A poor pregnant woman from Korba district in Chhattisgarh died after carrying an eight month dead fetus in her womb for five days as hospitals refused treatment.
According to reports, the woman had arrived at a hospital after her eight month old fetus had died during gestation. However, the hospital demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 and sufficient units of blood before operating on her.
Being poor, Saraswati, and her husband Gulabdas Mahant pleaded with three private hospitals to take her in but their pleas fell on deaf ears. Doctors at the Jamunadevi Memorial Maternity Hospital demanded her to produce Rs 10,000 and three units of blood before treating her.
Following the death of her unborn child, whom she had nursed through eight months of gestation, the woman had to suffer the horror of carrying its corpse inside of her for five days.
With each day, poisoning her mind and body, the woman suffered as the infection spread through her entire body. Ignoring the severity of her condition, doctors at the Krishna Hospital, refused to treat her. Finally, the two arrived at the Srishti Hospital, where the doctors decided to operate her on Tuesday, despite her need for urgent treatment.
Saraswati died that night. Her husband, Mahant, who has been left devastated, losing a child and a partner, said, “Without realizing the emergency, earlier the doctors refused to accept her case and later postponed it. Is it how doctors work?”