statesman news service
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Doctors at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital have virtually brought a pregnant woman out from the jaws of death who suffered two cardiac arrests within a gap of few seconds and was put on ventilator support, although the stillborn couldn’t be saved.
A resident of Basirhat, Mrs Pieu Chakraborty (25), in an advanced stage of pregnancy was admitted to the gynaecology ward of the hospital on 7 June after she complained of uneasiness.
She was brought to the hospital after local doctors failed to cure her. It was found after tests that she was suffering from Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (a rare disease in pregnancy causing deterioration in cardiac function) and pregnancy- induced hypertension, said doctors who treated her.
“The woman suffered the first cardiac arrest on the same day of admission and was immediately rushed to the Intensive Therapy Unit. But she suffered second cardiac attack on the way to the emergency ward,” said Dr Sugata Dasgupta, the critical care specialist at RG Kar.
“We found that the patient was affected with pneumonia, lung failure and drop in oxygen which resulted in cardiac arrests. It was difficult to treat her because supporting the diseased lungs, diseased heart and dysfunctional brain after two cardiac arrests is very difficult, especially where the woman is pregnant,” Dr Dasgupta said.
“The doctors and the staff did a remarkable job by pumping her heart while shifting her to the emergency building located at a distance from the ward where she was shifted. A delay of five minutes and any carelessness by the doctors attending her could have been risky,” he added.
Terming her survival as a miracle, the doctors admitted that such instances are rare in government hospitals due to lack of infrastructure.
We saved the mother but couldn’t save the premature child but she can become pregnant again and enjoy her motherhood.