A baby died after a nurse allegedly performed a Cesarean operation on a pregnant woman in the absence of a duty doctor in the Mancherial district, Telangana, India on Sunday, Oct. 23.

The baby's mother, identified as S Rani, started experiencing labor pain on Saturday, Oct. 22 and was rushed to the Community Health Centre at Chennur in the Mancherial district by her husband S Harikrishna and other family members. Since the doctor on duty was not available, the duty nurse checked Rani and told the family members that Rani will have a normal delivery, the New Indian Express reported.

However, hours later, in the morning, Rani's health condition deteriorated. Since the duty doctor was not available, the nurse performed a Cesarean operation on Rani. However, the operation was unsuccessful and the baby died during the process.

"She said that baby’s heartbeat was not good and later she informed us that the baby had died," Rani's husband S Harikrishna said.

Following the baby's death, the family members blamed the absence of the duty doctor and sought strict against the doctor for neglecting his duties. Meanwhile, police who were alerted about the commotion visited the hospital and enquired about the incident.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a patient reportedly died after a nurse allegedly administered her the wrong injection without consulting a doctor in Govandi, Mumbai, India, as previously reported.

The patient, identified as Shabana Sayyad, 36, reportedly visited Mannat Hospital on Oct. 2, 2020, as she was suffering from a serious fever. However, at the facility, Nafisha Mohammad Aslam Shaikh, a nurse at the hospital, gave her an injection and some medicine without consulting the physicians who were on duty.

However, Sayyad contracted an infection at the same spot where she was administered the injection.

As the infection worsened, Sayyad returned to the hospital and Nafisha gave her more medicine without consulting the doctors. A few days later, Sayyad and her family met with a doctor, and the doctor immediately decided to operate on the victim to treat the infection.

When the victim’s condition worsened even after the operation, Sayyad's family members rushed her to KEM hospital on Oct. 9, 2020, where she died while undergoing treatment.

Following Sayyad's death, the victim's family demanded an investigation into the incident. Based on the family's demand, a panel of directors, including three doctors of JJ hospital, arrived at the conclusion that the woman's death may have been directly related to the unauthorized injection she was administered.

Following this, police registered a case under Section 304 (II) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against doctor Rehan Khan, owner of Mannat Hospital, and nurse Nafisha.

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