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Mumbai Woman Delivers in Local Train After Two Hospitals Turn Her Away Citing Risk Involved

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to set up an enquiry into the 'unprofessional' conduct of the staffers of the hospitals concerned.

PTI

Updated:October 29, 2018, 7:14 PM IST
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Mumbai Woman Delivers in Local Train After Two Hospitals Turn Her Away Citing Risk Involved
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Mumbai: A 26-year-old woman delivered in a local train in Mumbai on October 25 after she was allegedly refused admission by at least two civic-run hospitals and was directed to approach another facility in Central Mumbai while she was in labour, her husband alleged Monday.

Taking a serious note, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to set up an enquiry into the "unprofessional and unethical" conduct of the staffers of the hospitals concerned, a senior officer said.

The woman, identified as Surekha Tiwari, delivered a baby in a compartment of a suburban train ahead of the Dadar railway station when she was travelling to Nair Hospital in Central Mumbai along with her husband Sushil Tiwari. Nair Hospital is one of the premier medical facilities run by the Mumbai civic body.

Sushil claimed that he first rushed his wife to Tembha civic hospital in Bhayander in the wee hours of October 25, after she went into labour. "The hospital staffers gave her some tablets and told me to take her to the Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivli (a distance of around 17 km from Bhayander), saying they don't want to take risk," claimed Sushil, who works as a security guard in Bhayander, an extended suburb in the Mumbai metropolitan region.

Sushil claimed when he and Surekha reached the Shatabdi civic Hospital, the nurses there refused to admit her for want of case papers from the Tembha hospital. "I had no option but to leave my wife in labour pain and rush back to Bhayander to bring the case paper. When I returned to Shatabdi Hospital at around 11.30 am, the doctors there asked me to go to Nair hospital in Mumbai Central, which is located around 33 km from Kandivli," he said.

Sushil claimed that the doctors didn't give any reason for ordering shifting of Surekha. "I mustered courage and boarded a local train with my wife to avoid road traffic. As soon we boarded the compartment, my wife started writhing in pain. She delivered a boy when the train was approaching the Dadar station at around 1 pm," he claimed.
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