Young Homemaker Dies In Private Hospital, Family Alleges Negligence

by Saifullah Bashir

SRINAGAR: A family whose patient, a young female, died in a city hospital alleged she fell victim to the doctor’s “negligence”. The patient was operated for gallbladder removal but died.

Pieces of broken glass inside the Shifa hospital lobby after angry family members of deceased lady ransacked the hospital on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. KL Image

The lady, a resident of Lachmanpora, Batamaloo was identified as Shahzada, 38. She is survived by three young daughters and husband, Hilal Ammad Sheikh.

The deceased, a resident of Shopian, was married in Lachmanpora Batamaloo.

According to family members of Shazada she was admitted in hospital as she had a stone in gallbladder. “Dr Bilal Khan told her that, to remove the stone, she has to undergo laparoscopy but this surgery proved fatal for her,” one of her family members said. Family said that as soon as surgery finished the patient developed shooting abdomen pain and despite giving high anti-biotic, the problem persisted.

“Her condition was going from bad to worse after surgery but we cooperated fully with doctors”, said Ghulam Hassan, a close relative of the deceased. He further alleged: “Death of deceased took place due to the bursting of the gallbladder and she developed foul smell and change of colour in the skin, which is quite rare”.

Soon after this incident family members held a protest against the Shifa Hospital and allegedly ransacked it. “Estimated loss of this hospital is around Rs 6 lakh. They broke monitors, desks, mirrors and other valuables”, said a senior employee of Shifa hospital. However, the family of the deceased denied that they were part of this protest. Jammu and Kashmir police later reached the spot and controlled the situation.

No FIR was registered and no postmortem was conducted. The family said they spent around one lakh rupees on tests and medicines.

Dr Gulzar from Shifa Hospital said that the patient had developed pancreatic complications which can prove fatal sometimes.

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