Navy Engineer’s Wife Said Hospital Negligence killed Her Baby

Visakhapatnam: An Indian Navy engineer’s wife lost her baby boy at the navy’s hospital in Vizag due to alleged medical negligence at the time of delivery. She wants authorities to take action against the careless doctors.


Indian Navy Engineer’s wife, Madhu Pal is a media professional (BBC- Hindi) working in Mumbai. She had shifted to Vizag in the month of April for her delivery following her husband’s transfer from Mumbai to Vizag’s Naval Dockyard. She delivered a baby boy on 29th July with reported breathing problems. The baby was kept in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and battled for life for four days and died.

Madhu Pal told the correspondent that there were no complications in the case till the time of delivery. Nurses were not able to take the decision for vacuum or cesarean due to non-availability of the doctor in the labor room. So they approached the doctor thrice who was in another room but had not turned up. The three minutes of carelessness of the medical staff and doctors of the hospital to decide what to do, have taken away my son.

Madhu Pal also penned in a letter to the Commanding Officer of Indian Navy Hospital Kalyani explaining the ordeal and the pain.

She wrote in a letter that At On 30th July at 0730 hours, I had been visited to hospital Kalyani with my husband. They admitted me and took me to labour room of the hospital. A medical staff checked my blood pressure and scanned the movement of my baby.

She mentioned that my baby was perfectly fine and in the right position. I was there with three Medical Staff and other patients, my family members were not allowed in the labour room of the hospital. She said that I had severe bleeding with back pain but not labour pain. I said the same thing to the MNS that I am not feeling any labour pain.

She said that they asked me to ‘push as hard you can’. I did what they said but after a few hours I requested them to use vacuum now as I was unable to push more.