A 19-year-old woman athlete died in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Wednesday night following alleged negligence by doctors. According to details, Ashwini Bolkar, who was a rising star at national and international levels, was suffering from fever since July 22. She visited a clinic near her house. Following vomiting, she was later shifted to the municipal hospital (N-11), suspecting dengue. She was put on saline and administered an injection. Her CBC test was conducted as vomiting continued. The athlete was shifted to the GMCH on July 28 after it was found that white cell count in her blood had reduced drastically.
The GMCH doctors asked her family members on Monday that a sonography test could not be done on Tuesday being a public holiday. Due to this, she was rushed to the Hedgewar Hospital, where she could not be admitted due to lack of room. So, the patient was shifted back to the GMCH. Sahadu Bolkar, father of the victim, claimed that the doctors kept administering saline throughout the day on July 29. "Even on July 30, doctors ignored her condition. They removed water from her back for test. Her condition deteriorated further when she saw blood in the injection," he said.
Ashwini Bolkar was shifted to the ICU. The doctors did not know that her white cell count had gone down to 21,000 from 48,000. She breathed her last at 11 pm on Wednesday. She was cremated at a crematorium in N-11 on Thursday morning. Sahadu Bolkar said the doctors of the GMCH refused to give the medical report of his daughter. GMCH Medicine Department Head Dr Mangala Borkar denied the allegations of negligence by her parents. "Her condition was fine till Wednesday afternoon. However, it deteriorated in the night and she died. We were also shocked," Dr Borkar added. News-LT