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Pregnant woman’s death: TN doctor barred for 6 months

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CHENNAI: A Salem-based gynecologist has been barred from practice by the Tamil Nadu Medical Council (TNMC) for six months, for “negligence and misconduct” that led to the death of a woman in labor in 2016.

The disciplinary committee recommended the removal of the name of Dr Rani Arivukkarasu of Arokya Hospital from TNMC’s state medical register for six months after she as found guilty.

A complaint against the gynecologist by R Obuli Thilip, husband of the deceased woman, Bhuvaneshwari, was forwarded to the TNMC by the directorate of medical and rural health services after a maternal death audit by an expert panel found her explanations unsatisfactory.

The Medical Council of India also forwarded a copy of the complaint to the state council.

The patient was admitted to the hospital on November 5, 2016, for her second delivery. Although Bhuvaneshwari had a C-section for the first delivery, she was counseled into attempting a vaginal delivery.

The doctors induced pain with medication on November 7. The next morning, the doctor opted for artificial rupture of membranes to push her to deliver, but Bhuvaneshwari developed breathlessness.

The council president Dr K Senthil said, “In the initial audit meet, Dr Arivukkarasu told experts that she did a C-sec after this and the patient died on the table. But after the anesthetist, whom the doctor named, denied being part of the surgical team, Dr Arivukkarasu said the baby was removed in a deeply-asphyxiated condition in a surgery after the mother’s death.”

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