A pregnant woman runs around from hospital to hospital, asking for help.
Unfortunately, she had no money to offer, so she was turned away by each hospital and not given the help she so desperately needed.
This woman later died, because of an infection created by the dead baby she was carrying in her womb for close to a week.
Her name was Saraswati, she was 22-years-old and this incident happened in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh in India.
Going a little back in time, here was what happened a week before Saraswati’s tragic death.
She and her husband visited three private hospitals on Monday. But only after it escalated, came to the attention of the Chhattisgarh Women’s Commission, they demanded for her to be checked. She was then rushed to a hospital and upon a scan, they declared that her eight-month old baby was dead.1
The doctors at the Jamunadevi Memorial Maternity Hospital said the baby needed to be removed, but asked for a fee of 10,000 rupees and three units of blood, first. Saraswati was already suffering from immense pain, and did not have any way to arrange for the blood and money, so the hospital’s doctors refused to help her and sent them away.
Due to this, the infection from the dead fetus spread to the rest of Saraswati’s body and as her condition became chronic, the doctors still didn’t help her but told her to seek help from other hospitals.
So, Saraswati and her husband then went to Krishna Hospital nearby, but they were sent away again even though her condition was critical. They then went to Srishti Hospital, where the doctors agreed to operate on her the next day, but she died that very night before it could happen.
Her devastated husband, Mahant, laments, that the doctors didn’t realize that her case was an emergency, and the ones earlier refused to accept her case and the latter doctors postponed it. ‘Is this how doctors work?’
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