– doctors allegedly administer six Cytotec tablets
By Latoya Giles
Relatives of 34-year-old Evita Singh are blaming the doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital for allegedly administering a lethal dose of “Cytotec”. They say that the issue was compounded by a delayed C-section which, they say, caused the woman and her baby’s death.
Singh, who went by the alias “Reno” of Lot 13 Lanchan Street, Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, and her baby, succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital over the weekend.
Her baby died on Thursday; Singh died Saturday evening. The dead woman’s father, Dennis Ramjip, told Kaieteur News that his daughter attended prenatal clinic up to two Mondays ago.
He said that his 34-year-old daughter got a “high fever”. She was reportedly advised to go to the GPHC before she took any medication.
Ramjip said that Singh eventually checked in at the GPHC’s maternity section, where she received treatment for the fever. He alleged that after doctors learned that Singh was expected to give birth by September 2, last, they administered two “Cytotec” tablets to help induce labour.
But according to the several doctors who spoke to Kaieteur News, Cytotec should never be administered to women who are pregnant, since it causes birth defects, premature birth and uterine rupture. The pill is also used for abortion.
Kaieteur News was told that after Singh continued to experience difficulty during the delivery, doctors administered another four Cytotec pills.
Kaieteur News was told that relatives visited Singh on Thursday, and she told them what pills were administered to her, and what the nurses had said they were for. Ramjit said that his daughter was also advised that she would deliver her baby girl by Friday. Kaieteur News learnt that up to that point, the baby was having a normal heart rate.
However, on Thursday, the father said that his daughter told relatives that she was feeling pain and was “passing blood”. By the afternoon, when relatives went back to the hospital, they were informed that she was passing more blood, and that the pain had intensified.
Mr. Ramjip said that on Friday, he received a call from a hospital staff member who told the family that they should “come quickly,” since Singh was in a critical condition.
When relatives arrived, Singh was already unconscious, and she remained in that state up to the time of her death Saturday evening.
Ramjip told Kaieteur News that doctors told the relatives that the baby was stillborn. According to the father, after his daughter took a turn for the worse, doctors rushed her to the operating theater for an emergency C-section.
However relatives said that the surgery was delayed because there was only one functioning operating theatre with only one machine that is used for delivery.
Ramjip said that his daughter had to wait approximately 15 minutes before doctors eventually managed to get the C-section done.
During that time the heart rate of the baby was reportedly decreasing, and by the time fifteen minutes had elapsed, the baby had died.
According to relatives, the doctors also told relatives that Singh was bleeding heavily, and had needed blood, which the hospital did not have at the time.
Relatives also told Kaieteur News that even though they were told that a second surgery was done to rectify a problem during the C-section, sources at the GPHC said that it wasn’t done. Hospital staffers had reportedly told relatives that all that was done was that the woman was taken into the theatre and left on a stretcher.
One relative explained, the doctors told them that they knew the woman was bleeding internally, but had no idea how to stop this complication.
Back in June, Denika Hernandez, a 20-year-old mother was in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after delivering her first baby.
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