Inexperienced staff cut off newborn’s head during delivery, leave it inside woman’s womb in Pakistan; probe ordered

Updated: Jun 21 2022 11:00AM

Karachi, Jun 21 (PTI) In a case of gross medical negligence, inexperienced staff of a rural health centre in Pakistan’s Sindh province decapitated an unborn baby inside the mother’s womb during delivery, leaving the 32-year-old Hindu woman in a life-threatening situation.

The tragedy prompted the Sindh government to form a medical inquiry board to probe the incident and trace the culprits.

“The Bheel Hindu woman, who belongs to a far-flung village in Tharparkar district, had first gone to a Rural Health Centre (RHC) in her area but with no female gynaecologist available, the inexperienced staff caused her immense trauma,” said Professor Raheel Sikander, who heads the gynaecology unit of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) in Jamshoro.