Rawalpindi-A 19-year-old pregnant girl died in the operation theater at Benazir Bhutto Hospital after doctors wrongly injected a powerful injection into her spinal for inducing anesthesia, sources disclosed to The Nation on Wednesday.

The death of the female patient identified as Nida Abbas sparked a protest demonstration by her parents and relatives who broke the windowpanes of the operation theater and damaged other equipment.

Medical Superident (MS) BBH Dr Arshad Ali Sabir along with other senior doctors also reached at the spot to negotiate with protestors. 

According to sources, the parents of Nida Abbas had brought her to the Gynae Ward of BBH from Dhoke Kala Khan after she felt abdominal pain.

They said the doctors admitted the patient and began treating her. Sources said that Nida’s condition started deteriorating at 3:30am on Wednesday and she was rushed to OT where doctors observed that the female patient had gone into shock.

They said that doctors injected her with Epidural because of which she suffered cardiac arrest. Sources added that despite the patient’s dangerous condition, doctors injected her with “Epidural” injection in her spine. After this, the patient could not regain consciousness and died during operation, sources said.

The baby also died in the process, they said.

Meanwhile, the parents of deceased gathered outside OT and staged a protest demo, blocking Murree Road for traffic movement. They chanted slogans against doctors and demanded CM Punjab and Secretary Health to take stern action against doctors. Sensing the sensitivity of issue, Hospital management called the police to control the protestors.

“The doctors killed my daughter by giving her the wrong injection,” said Nida’s mother while talking to media men. She added that the doctors are not providing adequate medical treatment to pregnant women in OT as some of them even gave birth in washrooms. “Moreover, two to three pregnant women are lying on a single bed which shows the negligence of doctors and government,” she said. 

A senior female Gynaecologist, who is working in BBH, when contacted, said the doctors should not have injected Nida with Epidural in a state of shock. “The injection caused multiple pricks and the patient suffered with cardiac arrest,” she said. She said that doctors have to save the mother’s life in such conditions but in this case they were responsible for the death of both mother and infant. 

MS BBH Dr Arshad Ali Sabir, when contacted, was not available for his comments on the incident.

Reportedly, MS constituted a committee comprising senior doctors to probe into the death of the pregnant girl.