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Doctor kills pregnant woman, baby after performing C-section while drunk

A doctor in the western Indian state of Gujarat has been arrested for performing a Caesarean on a pregnant woman while drunk, police told the BBC.

A pregnant woman and her baby have died owing to the action of a doctor who got drunk before operating on the woman.

The baby was declared dead soon after the operation, while the woman died shortly after.

The incident happened in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

According to Police, the doctor, PJ Lakhani, has been arrested and a breathalyser test has confirmed that the doctor was drunk. They are however investigating whether the deaths were caused by negligence or due to other medical reasons.

Lakhani is a senior doctor with substantial experience and has been working at the government-run Sonavala Hospital for the past 15 years.

It was gathered that the patient, Kamini Chachi, was brought to the hospital on Monday evening with labour pains. Local media said that the waiting family was told that the baby had died, while the mother was bleeding profusely.

The family decided to shift her to a private hospital but she died on the way, they added.

BBC Gujarati quotes police as saying that Dr Lakhani called them, asking for help as he was afraid that the family would attack him once they learned of the deaths. “We found that he was drunk when we arrived so we arrested him,” officer HR Goswami said.

The hospital has formed a committee which will further investigate the cause of her death.

 

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