Dubai couple blames doctor’s prescription for miscarriage

Dubai Healthcare City investigating case

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Dubai: A couple has filed a complaint against a doctor for alleged negligence that they claim led to the loss of their baby.

Filipino expatriates Eric and Melinda Bartolome were due to have their first child in August after four years of marriage.

“I’m seeking answers. I just want to know what happened, in just 21 hours to be exact, after taking the medicine. I really think it’s the medicine that caused it”
-Melinda Bartolome, who suffered a miscarriage
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But they told Gulf News they lost their baby boy at 19 weeks after Melinda claims she developed a negative reaction to an antihypertensive drug which was prescribed by a Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) hospital doctor, identified as E.M.F., in May.

A hospital official told Gulf News they are investigating the case.

In her complaint, Melinda said she was referred to Dr. E.M.F. after her previous doctor had gone on vacation.

During their first check-up on May 15, they did an ultrasound on the foetus.

“She told us that I was okay, the baby is fine and normal. She even pointed at the baby’s mouth when it opened and made us hear his heartbeat,” Melinda said in her letter to DHCC.

“I’m seeking answers. I just want to know what happened, in just 21 hours to be exact, after taking the medicine. I really think it’s the medicine that caused it,” Melinda told Gulf News.

DHCC in a statement said they’re extending their “deepest sympathy to Ms Melinda Bartolome on the loss of her baby. The complaint is currently being investigated and no additional information is available at this time.”

Dr E.M.F. meanwhile said Melinda’s blood pressure reading was 130/70, which her previous doctor indicated as normal.

The doctor then changed her medication from Aldomet — which was prescribed by Melinda’s two previous doctors — to Trandate, with the generic name labetalol.

“She [Melinda] was on a very old fashioned blood pressure medication called Aldomet. So, she was moved to labetalol, which is the current practice in terms of management of blood pressure problems in pregnancy,” Dr. E.M.F., who has been in practice for nearly two decades, said.

Three hours after taking the drug, Melinda reportedly felt some tingling sensation in her scalp, fever and chills.

By 2am, she noticed some light brown watery discharge on her underpants, which continued for three hours. She also felt dizzy and heavy.

When they decided to go to the hospital the morning after, Melinda felt a sudden pain in her abdomen.

Within two minutes, she was in labour.

“From where I was, I could see the baby come out, feet first. When he finally breached, he just fell right into my hands,” Eric told Gulf News, breaking into tears.

Dr. E.M.F. said that the drug was safe and that what had caused the miscarriage was a uterine infection. No laboratory results could confirm this, however.

“I know it’s a bereavement. In 19 weeks it’s extremely tragic to lose a baby. The fact is the waters breaking is not something that we can predict. There was nothing to indicate that there was any infection. We don’t have these abilities to predict. We’re humans, we don’t have a crystal ball, I’m afraid. So, we see people today, they might go into labour tonight,” Dr. E.M.F. said.

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  • Ihsan

    Aug 9, 2607 8:32

    Our deep sympathy and hearts go out to the couple for their loss. Beforeplacing any blame, i prefer to hear from hospital after investigatingthe case. Guys, anything can be the cause. Please be patient beforegetting angry with the doctor. Innocent until proven guilty. God Bless!!

  • Jobby

    Aug 9, 2607 8:32

    Please stop pointing fingers before you know much. A doctor with 2decades of experience would not be negligent.. And the person/patientfeels that it might be due to the medication so its too early tospeculate, point fingers and ruin careers and lives. I wish the media wouldbe more responsible and report these things once things are more clear.

  • Maryam

    Aug 9, 2607 8:32

    I also have hypertension and during my pregnancy, my doctor prescribedme just Aldomet and I was alhamdulillah so fine throughout. Whats theuse in changing the medicine when it was perfectly just working fine forthe patient? And yes, doctors are too way far from our country'sdoctors. Before delivery I was already enrolled for theCaesarian operation. When I went for labor, I knew within seconds Iwill deliver my baby but I was suddenly injected and had slept and CSwas done. Yes I did suffered the painful consequences of giving birthun-normally.

  • Anonymous

    Aug 9, 2607 8:31

    I am a mother so i feel so sorry for the couple who suffered a verytragic experience like these. As most of us are alien in this country,it is really very difficlut to trust doctors and specially the type ofmedication they are giving. This needs to have a proper investigation toknow what exactly goes wrong and should be punished. Hope that justicewill prevail

  • Fate

    Aug 9, 2607 8:31

    This is so disappointing news, honestly i don't trust doctors here. Andi don't agree with what the doctor said, if that is his statement heshould resign from his job because I will never have my baby and my lifebe endangered because of negligence. i heard lots of stories similarabout this. Even will recommend surgery which is not even necessary sothey can charge more. Some are not even qualified doctors. I just hopethat justice will be served!

  • Minnie

    Aug 9, 2607 8:31

    I am not really sure if this doctor, E.M.F. knows her job well and it isreally surprising to discover that such a respectable hospital acceptedher. The statement she made, its pretty obvious she don’tprioritise her patient’s safety as well as to do her job todeliver the baby well. Isn’t it supposed to be in your hands Dr.E.M.F! what a shame!

  • kat

    Aug 9, 2607 8:31

    Its a wake up call for all Health Care Professionals to be careful.Prescribing medication is not easy, you need to assess the patientcomprehensively before ordering or even in changing the drug and dosage.In my opinion, its a negligence...very clear its not an infection. As ahealth care provider, our duty is to prolong the life of each patient,not to harm them.

  • Faraz

    Aug 9, 2607 8:31

    Please God save us from such doctors. Once I had a small pimple on myeyebrow, I visited a general practitioner, he referred me to an Eyespecialist, he checks my eye and told me that we have to do a surgery, Iask him for What? I refused it, i go to another Asian doctor hegives me an ointment and one pain killer and one antibiotic tablet, Itake medication for three days then i was 100% cure. Thank God

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Our deep sympathy and hearts go out to the couple for their loss. Beforeplacing any blame, i prefer to hear from hospital after investigatingthe case. Guys, anything can be the cause. Please be patient beforegetting angry with the doctor. Innocent until proven guilty. God Bless!!

Ihsan

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