Parts of dead foetus found inside woman after two surgeries
- GPHC launches probe
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has mounted an investigation to determine how parts of a dead foetus were left inside a Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara woman after two surgeries were done on different occasions.
Chanwattie Raghubir, 34, underwent surgery at the hospital twice to remove a dead foetus, but after both procedures, it was discovered at a private hospital that parts of the foetus were still inside the woman. This is despite the fact that the doctors claimed they “have cleaned her out.”
On Tuesday, last, the mother of four was discharged from the GPHC without any medication for the second time. Her husband, Roy Raghubir, told Kaieteur News that the doctor (name given) at the hospital had assured him that everything was “ok” with his wife.
“To be on the safe side, I took my wife the same day to Balwant Singh Hospital to do another ultrasound.”
The man claimed that the ultrasound showed that “parts of the foetus were still inside her.”
The woman, who is now a patient at the hospital, underwent immediate surgery at the private institution on the same day she was discharged from GPHC.
On Wednesday, when Kaieteur News visited the private hospital, the woman’s relatives were accusing the GPHC of “trying to kill poor people.”
According to the woman’s husband, the tragedy started one month ago. He explained that his wife was almost five months pregnant when a Cuban doctor stationed at the Kuru Kuru Medical Outpost diagnosed her with a urinary tract infection. The diagnosis was made when the mother of four visited the maternity clinic for a routine check.
The doctor, he claims, prescribed a dose of Azithromycin-Zithrocare to treat the infection. Raghubir reportedly drank one of the pills before retiring to bed. When she woke up the following morning, she was bleeding and was experiencing severe abdominal pains.
The horrified woman, fearing for her life, visited the GPHC to run checks to make sure that she and her unborn child were fine. She was required to do an ultrasound. The report revealed that the foetus had died, and an emergency surgery was required to remove it.
On May 1, last, she underwent surgery and remained a patient at the hospital’s maternity ward for five days.
The husband said that although his wife was experiencing severe pain in her abdomen and could not have walked, she was discharged.
At home, her condition made a turn for the worse after she collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital once again. Checks were made and it was discovered that a part of the foetus was still in her womb.
Mr. Raghubir claims that after he rushed his wife back to the hospital, the doctors were taking good care of her and “they were talking nice and my wife told them that she wanted a stop (a procedure to prevent her making children) because she already has four kids, and they told us that they will do everything.”
“On Tuesday, last, they discharged her and said they already did the clean out and everything, but they didn’t give us any medication. I told the doctor that I want to do another ultrasound and the doctor said I don’t need to do that because everything was ok,” the husband claimed.
After the woman was taken to the private hospital, it was discovered that a part of the foetus was still in her. She was admitted and underwent immediate surgery.
“That hospital (GPHC) want people sue them. They only know how to kill poor people; the doctors there don’t treat people with care. That girl has four children who waiting on her to come home,” the woman’s mother stated.
“Right now she deh in deh and we don’t know the cost. They just tell us around $250,000, plus she gotta stay in there some nights,” the husband stated. (Romila Boodram)