SILCHAR, Oct 27 - In what could be called a unique instance, doctors at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) operated on a woman, minutes after her death, to bring her unborn baby alive out of the womb.
Dr Nita Sarma, Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynaecology told The Assam Tribune today that Rinki Das (25), wife of Mihir Das of Durgapally adjacent to the hospital campus was brought to the operation theatre with complications of high blood pressure.
�While a team of doctors, including Dr Indrani Das, Registrar of the department were examining the lady, she expired. But the doctors could hear the pulse of the baby in the womb. After taking consent of the patient�s family, we went for caesarean operation on her within five minutes and brought the new born girl child out,� Dr Sarma said.
Meanwhile, sources at the SMCH claimed that this was a rare instance when a newborn baby was brought out alive from the womb of a mother post-death. �We have had such operations when along with the mother�s death, newborn babies were operated on request from family members, but the babies were found born dead. �But this was probably one-of-a-kind instance when we could operate upon the mother within five minutes of her death.�