Sofia Maternity Ward Head Resigns over Double Death

Society | November 24, 2011, Thursday // 11:24|  views

The Executive Director of the maternity ward Sheinovo in Sofia, Dr. Ivan Kostov, has resigned and admits doctor recklessness in a fatal incident with an expecting mother and her baby. Photo by Trud daily

The Executive Director of the maternity ward hospital Sheinovo in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, Dr. Ivan Kostov, has resigned.

The news was reported Thursday by the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, who said the decision was right and reasonable.

Kostov, on his part, stated that he is resigning in order to protect the image of the hospital and its staff, stressing the maternity ward must keep functioning as usual since it is one of the best ones in the country.

The Board of Directors of the hospital is going to select Kostov's replacement and is to decide if the latter will have a job there.

The resignation comes on the heels of the tragic death of a mother, Nadezhda Uzunova, 35. She died Monday evening after coming to the hospital several times and being sent back because the doctor on duty kept telling her she did not "yet have the required signs for being ready to give birth."

Nadezhda passed away just minutes after being admitted in the hospital, while the baby was placed on a respirator, but also died the next day.

Bulgaria's Health Minister, Stefan Konstantinov, stated Wednesday that the Sofia Sheinovo maternity ward is to be blamed for the tragic double death.

Konstantinov pointed out relatives, who insist the woman was sent back and forth, before being finally admitted in the hospital are right in their accusations. He also declared he will work to increase ten times fines for such fatal incidents.

On his part, Kostov admitted that the doctor who sent the mother back had been reckless and made a serious mistake.

The relatives of the woman informed Wednesday evening the autopsy results showed that the death was caused by incorrect intubation and delayed reactions of the doctors.

A total of three probes – from the Medical Audit, the Regional Health Inspectorate, and the Prosecutor's office, are taking place in the maternity ward over the tragic incident. They aim at establishing the exact circumstances in the case.

Earlier in November the Medical Audit Agency recommended in a report to fine Sheinovo over another fatal case. In September, Deyana, 19, died after fighting for her life for 42 days. She was released from the hospital without a diagnosis and all necessary tests.

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