HIV+ pregnant woman denied treatment, loses child

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Firozabad, Nov 23 (IANS) In a shocking incident, a 20-year-old HIV positive woman who had gone into labour, was allegedly left unattended by the medical staff who “refused” to touch her.

The woman gave birth to a boy who died hours later.

Firozabad Medical College principal Dr Sangeeta Aneja said, “A probe has been ordered on the basis of a complaint received from the woman’s family.”

The woman’s father, who works in the bangle-making industry, said, “The private hospital was asking Rs 20,000 for normal delivery. After consulting the district field officer of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), I took my daughter to the medical where she lay on a stretcher and kept crying in pain for over six hours. Despite repeated requests, no doctor came to help her.”

After a delay of over six hours, when the matter reached senior officials, a nurse took her to the labour room. She gave birth to a baby boy who was having breathing difficulties. The staff did not allow the family to see the child and took him to a special new-born care unit. The next morning, the child died.

NACO field officer Sarita Yadav said, “I had been keeping in constant touch with the HIV-positive woman. The family was unable to afford treatment at a private hospital so I called them to the medical college. But no doctor or hospital staffer came near her. For hours I requested medical assistance. The woman was in a lot of pain. I have apprised senior officials about the incident.”

The woman has been living with her parents in Firozabad after she got separated from her husband a year after her wedding.

She got the HIV infection soon after getting married, her family claimed.



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