Meera Devi is staggered by the tragedy, as she gave birth to a dead baby born prematurely while 6 months into her pregnancy, having come for a check up with her husband Ram Ruttan on Saturday, to Jaipur's Zenana hospital. But she began feeling labor pains on reaching the hospital and although her husband cried for help for almost an hour, he was ignored by the hospital staff.
In a shocking case of medical negligence they offered neither help nor even a stretcher to bring her in , and as she was in labor and there was no way to take her in manually. Meanwhile a bystander called the 108 ambulance service which came immediately and the staff even helped to cut the umbilical cord, before taking them inside the hospital.
The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident within a week, but even tough action against the guilty will be no compensation for a couple who have lost a daughter.
The inquiry was ordered by minister of state for health Rajkumar Sharma. "The allegations made against the hospital administration are serious in nature and if they are found true, disciplinary action will be taken," said the minister, who is currently in Delhi.
But the hospital administration said later, "The child died inside the womb and it was not because of unavailability of medical care. There was no negligence on the part of the staff."
"We will question the patient, her relatives, eyewitnesses, our doctors and nurses on duty. In our investigation we will find out why there was delay and whether there was any negligence. And based on our findings, we will take action," said Shashi Gupta, Superintendent, Zenana Hospital.