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Kolkata: A workaholic 48-year-old doctor died of cardiac arrest minutes after reviving the heartbeat of a newborn at a Public Health Centre (PHC) in Patanda village in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. He was brought dead to Panskura Superspeciality Hospital.
While trying to revive the heart of the baby girl, who did not cry after birth, by giving her cardiopulmonary resusciation (CPR), Dr Bibhas Khuntia himself encountered a massive cardiac arrest. The nurse assisting the doctor in the delivery claimed that the doctor collapsed on the ground as the baby cried out.
Nurse Paromita Bera stated that Dr Khuntia seemed alright when he entered the labor room for the normal delivery. While he was giving CPR, he lost balance and slowly leaned back with the baby still in his hand and blurring out cries. Group D staff Ramaprasad Roy held him while the nurse held the baby.
Dr Khuntia was administered oxygen at a private nursing home while being taken to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
District Chief Medical Officer Nitai Chandra Mondal said that it was a great loss. Sources revealed that Dr Khuntia was suffering from heart ailments and was advised to undergo coronary angiography a few months ago. However, he did not pay any heed to his medical state.
The doctor was known for his dedication to work and played an instrumental role in establishing a female ward and a labor room at the PHC to ensure institutional delivery in the rural areas. During his decade-long service at Patanda PHC, he often stayed back at the PHC and worked 24 hours at a stretch during shortage of manpower. He was known for buying medicines and food for needy patients visiting him.
Despite several transfer orders, locals stopped his transfer every time through agitation. He served in the PHC for more than a decade. Despite owning a house in a town 17 km away, he stayed at the PHC quarters so that he could serve the locals better.
The West Bengal Doctors Forum issued a statement mourning the loss of the dedicated doctor. (New Indian Express)