The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has given a fresh lease of life to a 27-year-old woman from Bihar, who had been a victim of wrong treatment at her native place.
She was suffering from molar pregnancy which is a rare complication and a patient affected with the disease requires an early treatment. The patient was taken to CMCH in critical condition as her bleeding did not stop following the removal of uterus at another hospital in Bihar. The doctors at the hospital conducted chemotherapy on the patient.
Molar pregnancy is an abnormal form of pregnancy in which a non-viable fertilised egg implants in the uterus and fails to come to term. A molar pregnancy is a gestational trophoblastic disease which grows into a mass in the uterus with swollen chorionic villi.
Sushma Devi, a resident of Bhagalpur in Bihar was initially admitted to a hospital in her home town where the doctors removed her uterus following which the woman started bleeding heavily, resulting in further complications.
The family members then brought the patient to a private hospital in the city where another surgery was conducted. However, the patient did not stop bleeding following the operation and was then shifted to CMCH, where doctors felt the need for chemotherapy. According to the hospital, the patient would have to undergo treatment again at the nephrology department in six months.
A senior official of CMCH said that the patient had been suffering from molar pregnancy, which was not detected in the hospital at her native place. The patient suffering from such disease must be kept under observation.
As the disease was not detected, the hospital in Bhagalpur removed the uterus leading to further complications in the patient. The private hospital in the city conducted another surgery on the patient, during which her kidney was affected. As one of her kidneys was affected, the patient could not stop her urine flow.
According to CMCH sources, it was a challenge for the hospital doctors to save her life as the patient had been bleeding incessantly and as a result had developed serious anemia. Conducting chemotherapy was also difficult.
Patients suffering from molar pregnancy develop cancer in 16-18 percent cases. If the disease is detected early, a patient can be completely cured through chemotherapy, a senior doctor at the gynaecological department of CMCH said. Sushma’s life has been saved but she will not be able to become a mother again.