NAVI MUMBAI: Six doctors, including two from a pathology lab, have been booked after a failed abortion resulted in the death of a pregnant advocate, following which the doctors allegedly tried to pass it off as a Covid-19 death, reports Umesh K Parida. The doctors refused to hand over the body, claiming the deceased was Covid-positive. However, results from an antigen test and RT-PCR tests, conducted just a day before her death, all stated Covid-negative. Ashwini Thavai (36) was about six weeks pregnant when she was advised to abort on medical grounds. She was prescribed an abortion pill but it resulted in an incomplete termination of pregnancy. On May 1, she underwent surgery after assurances from the doctors that they had all medical facilities. However, due to excessive bleeding, her condition became critical. The doctors then said she would need a ventilator bed, which they didn’t have. She was then shifted to another hospital. She died 45 minutes later. While the post-mortem report states that the victim died to incomplete abortion, it also states that the victim was Covid-positive.

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