Newborn decapitated during delivery in Pakistan, probe ordered as head left inside womb

The tragedy has prompted the government of Sindh to form a medical inquiry committee to investigate the incident and track down the perpetrators

The tragedy has prompted the government of Sindh to form a medical inquiry committee to investigate the incident and track down the perpetrators

In a case of gross medical negligence, inexperienced staff at a rural health center in Pakistan’s Sindh province decapitated an unborn baby in the mother’s womb during childbirth, leaving the 32-year-old woman in a life-threatening situation.

The tragedy prompted the Sindh government to form a medical inquiry committee to investigate the incident and track down the perpetrators.

“The woman, who belongs to a remote village in Tharparkar district, had first gone to a rural health center (RHC) in her area, but with no female gynecologist available, the inexperienced staff caused her immense trauma,” said Professor Raheel Sikander, head from the Department of Gynecology at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) in Jamshoro.

He said RHC staff cut off the newborn’s head in the mother’s womb and left it inside her during a botched surgery performed on Sunday.

Rushed to the hospital

When the woman was in a life-threatening situation, she was rushed to a nearby hospital in Mithi, where there were no facilities to treat her. Ultimately, her family took her to the LUMHS where the rest of the newborn’s body was removed from the womb, which saved her life, he said.

dr. Sikander said the baby’s head was stuck in it and the mother’s uterus had ruptured and they had to surgically open her abdomen and remove the head to save her life.

Ordered individual requests

The horrific blunder set Sindh Health Services Director General Dr. Juman Bahoto, to order separate investigation into the case.

He said the commissions of inquiry will find out what happened, specifically the absence of a gynecologist and female staff at the RHC in Chachro.

The investigative committees will also look into reports that the woman had to go through the trauma that her video was made while she was on a stretcher.

“Apparently some staff members took pictures of her on a cell phone in the gynecology department and shared those pictures with various WhatsApp groups,” added Dr. Juman to it.

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