Doctors attacked for trying to perform CPR on dying girl in Delhi hospital

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New Delhi: In what is a second such incident of attacks on doctors at the government hospital here within a span of two days, a young lady doctor was abused and slapped by a child patient’s mother on Sunday for trying to administer a breathing mechanism to the child. Doctors at the hospital have been on strike for the last two days after a team of six doctors were violently assaulted on Friday by a mob for trying to save a 16-year-old girl’s life using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The group of 25 people accompanying the girl objected to the doctors performing the live-saving procedure, which involves pressing the chest and blowing into the patient’s mouth. The doctors were unable to save the girl. At this point, the people accompanying her began accusing the doctors of misbehaving with the teenager and alleged they killed her. This happened on Friday and the strikes by doctors have continued till Sunday. Sunday’s slapping incident took place in the emergency ward of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital at around 12:20 am. Dr Vandana Kataria and another medical attendant were administering a nebuliser (a device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs) to a girl child when the incident took place. × According to the complaint filed by the Chief Medical Officer of LNJP, the parents of the child and some other relatives showered verbal abuses at her. “During this the mother of the child slapped her. The doctor has told us that there was no guard present at that time”, police said. A case under sections 353 (assault), common intention and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) has been registered. Two days ago, another group had attacked doctors at the same hospital after a 16-year-old girl died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Updated in Sify, April 22, 2012

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