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Pregnant woman dies from alleged mistreatment in Tangail

  • Published at 05:40 pm August 18th, 2018
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Family members of Shorna Begum who died due to mistreatment, crying at the Fatema Modern Hospital on, August 17, 2018Abdullah Al Numan/Dhaka Tribune

The incident took place around 8pm on Friday, after which the on-duty doctor and staff escaped the facility

The family of a pregnant woman, who died at a hospital in Tangail on Friday, has claimed that she died of mistreatment.

The deceased- Shorna Begum, 20- a 3rd year Honors student of Govt MM Ali College and wife of Jony Siddiqui, hailed from the Berabuchna Sabujbag area of Tangail Sadar Upazila.

She died at Fatema Modern Hospital on Friday night. Following the incident, the hospital’s on-duty doctors and staff escaped the facility.

According to her family, Shorna had consulted gynecologist Sufia Begum of the hospital, who recommended that she undergo an emergency surgery due to a medical complication called ectopic pregnancy.

She was admitted to the hospital around 5pm on Friday, and was taken to the operation theatre at 8pm, where she died during surgery.

Shorna’s father Mohammad Shahinur told the Dhaka Tribune: "My daughter died in the operation theatre because of mistreatment. Those responsible for her death must face trial."

The deceased woman’s cousin, Kulsum Begum, said: "We became suspicious after Shorna was being kept at the operation theatre for extended amount of time.

“After she was taken to another room, I figured out that she was not breathing. As the news spread, the locals began arriving at the hospital, which prompted the facility staff to escape from the area.”

Shorna's relatives said the doctors did not notify them of her death.

Speaking on the issue, Tangail Medical Association Chairman Dr Saiyed Ibn Sayeed said: "These types of operations need a lot of preparation and the doctors need to prepare 8-10 bags of blood for the patient’s impending bleeding.

“Unless the surgeon is well prepared, these types of patients could die from blood loss. We will know Shorna’s true cause of death following an investigation.”

Commenting on the matter, clinic owners association of Tangail Chairman Shibli Sadik said: "Necessary action will be taken regarding this incident."