Patna, Mar 9: In yet another case of medical negligence, a woman came close to being cremated alive as she declared dead by the doctors at Patna Medical College Hospital.
CNN-IBN reported that Sharda, who was suffering from tuberculosis, was declared dead by the hospital three days back. The family took her back to the village and made arrangements for her to be cremated.
"But as her family members started mourning over her body they found her eyes blinking," the media report said.
She was rushed to the same hospital, where she is presently undergoing treatment.
"She was undergoing treatment in PMCH. But doctors told us that she is dead so we took her home. While taking photos of her dead body we heard her crying with pain," Sharda Devi's son Ranjan Kumar told the TV news channel.
PMCH doctors have reportedly refused to talk to the news channel on how a woman, who is alive, can be declared dead and sent packing for the last rites.
This is not the first time a blunder like this has emerged. A similar incident was reported in Jan 2010 from West Bengal, where a state-run hospital had produced a death certificate of a patient who was still battling for her life.
Mariam Bibi, who was undergoing treatment in the SSKM hospital for ulcer, was declared wrongfully dead by the hospital prompting the relatives to take up agitations at the hospital forcing the authorities to apologise for the negligence.