Deccan Chronicle reports that Dr T R Sethulakshmi, who operated on 26-year-old Nithya to remove a dead foetus from her womb, was neither a gynaecologist, nor a surgeon but an anaesthetist.
According to the report, Dr Sethulakshmi was an anaesthetist at the ESI Hospital in Thoothukudi and ran a clinic next to her house. Her name-board says she holds a MBBS degree with a diploma in anaesthesia (DA).
Dr Sethulakshmi was allegedly hacked to death in her clinic by a man whose pregnant wife in serious condition was treated by her and died en route to a hospital after she developed some complications, police said.
The man went to the clinic on January 2 and allegedly attacked the doctor while his three accomplices waited outside. All the four have been arrested.
“Such a complex case of intra-uterine death of 25-week foetus, with the patient developing life-threatening HELPP syndrome, must be attempted only in an ICU setting. This patient should have been handled by an obstetrician, not an anaesthetist,” a senior neonatal specialist told DC, under the condition of anonymity.
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