Story By: Pol F, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash
A young mum-of-two has died 20 days after giving birth following a botched tube ligation surgery and C-section.
Geraldine Oro, 26, mother of four-year-old son Joaquin and newborn baby Alvaro, died of a heart attack on 4th November.
An internal investigation into malpractice at the Regional Hospital Diego Paroissien in the city of Mendoza in western Argentina was launched on 19th November over the circumstances of the woman’s death, which still remain unclear.
According to the Mayo clinic, tubal ligation, also known as having your tubes tied or tubal sterilisation, is a type of permanent birth control where the fallopian tubes are cut, tied or blocked to permanently prevent pregnancy.
The Mayo clinic said that risks associated with tubal ligation include damage to the bowel, bladder, or major blood vessels, improper wound healing or infection, continued pelvic or abdominal pain, and procedural failure resulting in a future unwanted pregnancy.
Yera, as her friends called her, decided to undergo the procedure during her C-section after finding out that she was pregnant with her second child.
On 28th October, she was admitted to hospital to have her baby and entered surgery at 8.40 am.
When her sister Fernanda came to the room after the birth to relieve her sister-in-law, she noticed blood on the bandages.
Nurses told them it was an unsutured stitch and that a surgeon would see her the next day.
However, the doctor told them that the wound would heal “on its own”.
As the days passed, the patient continued to suffer severe pain.
The hospital sent her husband Alejandro to buy painkillers for her but later realised she had been prescribed the same ones used to relieve pain in cancer patients.
Ms Oro was discharged on Friday 30th October in spite of still being unwell.
That same afternoon, she returned to the hospital because her family felt that her condition was worsening.
The next day she started vomiting and her abdomen appeared very swollen.
Hospital staff took her to intensive car before transferring her to the Luis Carlos Lagomaggiore Hospital where she went directly to the operating room.
Ms Oro’s sister said that the surgeon who treated her there told them that she had suffered malpractice and that there was an infection.
Geraldine underwent three emergency surgeries in an attempt to save her life. One of the surgeries was to remove her uterus due to infection before her heart finally gave out.
The family has been seeking justice and want the Diego Paroissien hospital to clarify the cause of her death.
They filed a legal complaint and organised a protest march in front of the hospital on 19th November.
Following the incident, the director of the Diego Paroissien hospital, Fernanda Sabadin, announced that they have initiated an investigation into the cause of death.
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