by Tony Obi
The report of a lady who had maggots removed from her vagina by doctors went viral yesterday.
The story which spread was that the lady had unprotected sex and caught an STD called the ‘sex superbug’ which had caused the growth of live maggots in her vagina which had to be removed.
Another story has emerged which says lady in the video was infected with maggots after childbirth at a government hospital in India .
The infection was as a result of gross medical negligence of the doctors and nurses who performed the delivery after the gauze used to stop bleeding after delivery was left inside the woman by doctors.
The gauze should be removed immediately after the bleeding stops.It is a fact that gauze invariably gets infected if it is kept for a long time,since it is a foreign body, said Dr Manda Ghorpade,head of the gynecology department in Sane Guruji Arogya Kendra in Hadapsar,where Reshma was treated.Residents of Mundhwa,Reshma and Shamlal ,who works as a cleaner at a housekeeping company,hail from Bhadrak district in Orissa and moved to Pune two years ago.“It was very painful.Initially,we thought it was normal to feel sore,but when I saw maggots,we were alarmed and went to the doctor straight away.The reason we did not file a complaint of medical negligence is because we are from a different state and I don’t even know any language other than Oriya.My husband does not have enough time and resources to fight the case, said Reshma”.Any delay would have made the wound even worse and there were high chances of her contracting septicemia.We immediately removed the gauze swab and put turpentine for clear the wound of maggots,and later applied ointments.We put her on antibiotics,so that the infection gets healed quickly.It was so painful,that she was not even allowing us to touch her, added Dr Ghorpade.Dr Shubhada Deoskar, a city based gynecologist,was shocked at the medical negligence on display.It is sad that such a thing has happened.Such a mistake is totally unacceptable.Gauze pack is one of the methods used to stop bleeding after delivery.Whenever such a pack is used,we always make a note that it has to be removed after certain period of time.When we go on the rounds,the first question we ask the resident doctors is whether the pack is removed, she said.