Coimbatore: An infant that was born on Sunday has been put on life support at a private hospital here. Her parents blame the doctor for medical negligence post delivery.
Parents of the infant, Rangaraj (30), who is employed in an IT firm here and R Nithya (25), a homemaker, were reportedly seeking medical advice from Dr M Chandrakala of Genesis Women and Child Care Centre, located on the Puliakulam main road here.
On instructions of the doctor, Nithya was admitted to the hospital and she gave normal birth to a female baby, on Sunday. After pain was induced, the baby was born with injuries on the head of which the parents were not informed, a source close to the family told DC.
The parents are still in a state of shock following the incident. “Soon after delivery, the two duty nurses and a house-keeping staff at the hospital received instructions from the doctor over phone and through WhatsApp on how to manage the condition of the baby,” the source said. According to the source, the infant’s heartbeat dropped a few hours after birth. When the condition of the infant deteriorated, she was shifted to the Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH).
Now, the condition of the baby is critical and currently is on life support. “Doctors at KMCH have left it to the parents to decide as to how long they would like to have their child on ventilator support. A community service register (CSR) is registered at the Ramanathapuram police station and medical records are forwarded to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH),” the source told DC on Wednesday.
The parents will submit a petition to the Collector on Thursday, demanding action against the doctor and the medical center for negligence, and also plan to write to the Medical Council of India, requesting it to take necessary steps to ensure that the hospital is shut down.
When Deccan Chronicle contacted Dr M Chandrakala, she refused to speak about the incident over phone....