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Mother and baby in India die after fake doctor uses razor blade for C-section

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A mother and her newborn baby have tragically died in India after a school dropout performed a C-section on the mother at an unregistered facility using a shaving blade.

Rajendra Shukla, 30, is employed at the private Maa Sharda Hospital in Saini village in Uttar Pradesh by Rajesh Sahni to perform surgeries at the unregistered facility, according to the IB Times. The 33-year-old patient named Poonam bled to death after Shukla performed the shoddy surgery on her. Her baby also died shortly after birth. Both Shukla and Sahni were arrested after the woman’s husband Rajaram filed a complaint regarding medical negligence.

“We found that it was an unregistered clinic with no infrastructure to perform surgeries,” Sultanpur senior police officer Arvind Chaturvedi told the Times of India. “Quacks used razor blades to conduct operations.”

Poonam’s husband had taken her to the clinic on Wednesday, March 17, after she went into labor. After the horrific C-section was carried out, she began to bleed heavily and the staff of the unregistered clinic told her husband to take her to a different hospital.

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“There an auxiliary nurse examined Poonam and told Rajaram to move her to the hospital as her condition was critical,” Baldiram station house officer Amrendra Sigh. The next closest facility, however, was Lucknow’s KGMU Trauma Centre, more than 80 miles away. Poonam died after arriving there.

According to the IB Times, as recently as October 2020, another mother in India and her newborn died following a botched delivery carried out by a fake doctor in the city of Noida. The media reported that after they died, the fake doctor dumped their bodies outside the facility and then fled. “The clinic owner left both of them outside the clinic, shut it, and fled from the spot,” senior police officer Ankur Aggarwal said at the time of the incident. The fake doctor was charged with causing death by negligence.

Now, with another mother and newborn dying at the hands of a fake doctor, the police have urged the chief medical officer to begin taking stronger actions against unregistered, illegal health clinics.

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