Jodhpur tragedy: The hospital that orphaned 12 babies

Jodhpur: After the shocking death of 12 pregnant women at Jodhpur's Umaid Hospital, the Rajasthan government has swung into action with a high-level probe to ascertain the cause of the tragedy. But, now there is another tragedy that is slowly unfolding as the newborn babies of the deceased women have suddenly been left orphaned at birth.

Four-day-old Mehak could never feel her mother's touch as 20-year-old Rukhsana died just a day after delivering her daughter by caesarean.

Rukhsana's husband Arif, a poor labourer, is yet to come to terms with his wife's death. All he remembers is that he ran from pillar to post buying medicines and arranging 32 bottles of blood that his wife needed.

"It's only after the death of so many women that the hospital administration realised that something was wrong. They should have taken action earlier but they continued with the deliveries. Many women died leaving their young children behind", said a distraught Arif.

Most women who died suffered a haemorrhage and bled to death.  

Meanwhile, it's an anxious wait for the families of four other women who are battling for their lives in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. These patients, too, like the previous victims were administered with glucose supplied by an Indore-based company.

The government suspects that the glucose was spurious.

"We investigated the operation theatre and other things. We found out that a particular batch of IV fluids was contaminated", said Rajasthan Health Minister Duru Mian.

The administration, meanwhile, has shut down all operation theatres in the hospital. A six-member committee of super-speciality doctors has been formed which will submit a report on the cause of the deaths.
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