For the want of 1 ventilator bed, 21-yr-old new mom dies

Twenty-one-year-old Suma (not her real name) had given birth to twins on July 23. The twins, who were in the ICU from the day they were born, will never get their mother’s care now as Suma passed away on Saturday, after several hospitals refused to treat her as they did not have a bed with a ventilator.

Suma was taken to the Victoria Hospital where she breathed her last a few minutes after she was admitted. The rapid test conducted on her at the time of admission revealed that she was positive for covid-19.

Her family friend, Parth (name changed) said that she was first admitted in Vani Vilas hospital where she delivered twin girls on July 23.

“She was soon discharged and had gone back home with her husband, an auto driver. The couple was at their house in Sunkadakatte while the twins were an ICU in Vani Vilas hospital under observation,” he said.

Suma also had to go to the hospital as she had a caeserian and needed to get her stitches removed. However, on Saturday morning, she began experiencing breathlessness.

Her husband rushed her to a hospital nearby in their auto. This hospital refused to admit her and asked them to get a covid test done. “Her husband rushed her to other small private hospitals and asked them to examine her or at least remove the stitches. In the afternoon, she was taken in by one of the private hospitals in Sunkadakatte where they removed the stitches but her condition had take the turn for the worse. As the hospital did not have a vacant bed with a ventilator, the doctors asked her husband to take her to Victoria Hospital as they had carried out the caesarean. They also suspected she could be covid positive as she had severe breathlessness. Her oxygen saturation level was really low and she was rushed to the Victoria hospital around 5 pm where she was admitted. Within half an hour, the family received a call from the doctors saying that she had passed away,” her family friend said.


Her husband was at the hospital, but was told to go back home. “They told the family members that as she was covid-positive, they would have to go into quarantine. They have sealed the couple’s house and her husband is devastated,” Parth said. This is not the first such incident in the city in three days.

On Friday evening, a 26-year-old woman, who had given birth to her first child on July 25, died after she could not find one bed with a ventilator in the city. The woman had breathlessness and was taken to a private hospital in Rajajinagar who told them that they did not have a vacant bed and sent them away. She was then taken to another hospital in Nagarbhavi where she tested positive for covid and was kept on oxygen as they did not have a vacant bed with a ventilator and while the family was searching for hospitals, the woman passed away.

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Sagar Biswas

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