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Wrong blood grouping risks woman's life

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Health Desk--- July 15, 2016: Wrong blood grouping by a private pathology laboratory put the life of an expectant mother at risk during a Cesarean operation conducted at Panchagarh Sadar Hospital on Tuesday.

Hospital sources said Jyotsna Begum, 26, wife of restaurant worker Hafizul Islam of Molanipara village in Panchagarh Sadar upazila, was admitted to Panchagarh Sadar Hosptial about fifteen days ago for birth of her child.

Doctors asked her to take a blood group test as she needed a Cesarean operation. As per the instruction of the doctor, Jyotsna went to a local pathology laboratory for blood grouping on June 28.

The laboratory report said her blood group was 'O positive.' Accordingly, her family members collected a bag of 'O positive' blood.

But a complication arose just before the operation. When the doctor asked for blood, the hospital laboratory found after cross matching that the patient's blood group was 'B positive.'

Finding no other way, the hospital staff managed a bag of blood from one of their colleagues who had 'B positive blood.'

Anesthetist Dr Monsur Alam said the patient could have lost her life due to wrong blood grouping.

The technician of the private pathology laboratory that did blood grouping did not make any comment about the matter.

Civil Surgeon of Panchagarh, Dr Pitambar Roy, told this correspondent over cellphone, “I am not aware of the matter. I will look into it.”