Tarawari will make a commission to investigate whether someone made a mistake in the case where a baby died 30 hours after birth

Arben Taravari / Photo: Free Press / Dragan Mitreski

The Minister of Health Arben Taravari will immediately form a Commission of specialists to investigate the way the mother and her baby who died during the transport from the Bitola hospital to Skopje were treated.

- Today I received a short briefing about it. We will immediately make a committee, so that they can go out immediately and ascertain what happened, Taravari said.

The commission should determine if there are any shortcomings in the way of treatment of the woman in labor Zimbreta Tuntevska and her baby Luke who died 30 hours after birth, during the transport to Skopje from the Bitola hospital.

As "Sloboden Pechat" reported, the baby was born in the Bitola hospital on June 14th of this year, but died the next day on the way to Skopje, in the very process of transport to the Children's Clinic due to a previous worsening of his condition.

The initiative to form an expert committee comes from the State Health and Sanitary Inspectorate, which completed its supervision in the Bitola hospital, in the Children's Clinic and in the private practice where the mother in labor controlled her pregnancy.

From the DSZI report it follows that what the Bitola hospital "Dr. Trifun Panovski" claimed to the media - that Zimbreta Tuntevska had an uncontrolled pregnancy - is not true. She controlled her pregnancy, but not in the Bitola hospital, but in the private office of the gynecologist Toni Anastasievski, where she was a patient since December last year.

The state health and sanitary inspectorate also found that before giving birth by caesarean section, the mother went through the process of determining the blood count in the Bitola hospital, she was analyzed for coagulation factors and blood type. These are all standard processes before a cesarean birth.

After giving birth and the following day, on Saturday, June 15, her health condition was constantly monitored in the Bitola hospital and laboratory analyzes were performed.

From the inspection of the neonatological documentation, it was established that it was a full-term newborn with APGAR 5/7/7, at birth with livid skin, weakened tone, weakened reflexes and bradycardia.

Bradycardia is an abnormally slow heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute. Aspiration, artificial ventilation, tactile stimulation and cardiac massage were performed immediately. Therapy was prescribed, laboratory analyses, blood count and acid-base status were performed on both Friday and Saturday.

Due to the worsening of the clinical picture on June 15 by a neonatologist from the Bitola hospital after prior consultation with an anesthesiologist from KARIL and from the PHI Clinic for Children's Diseases Skopje, transport was carried out by a medical vehicle, but during the transport there was a further deterioration of the general condition with bradycardia .

Upon admission to the clinic for children's diseases, the newborn was without heart action and breathing, resuscitation was carried out according to the protocol and death was confirmed at 16:55.

The referral diagnosis is respiratory distress syndrome and the cause of death is cardiorespiratory failure.

After the death was confirmed, the deceased infant was transported back to the Bitola hospital in the same ambulance. After returning to PHI Clinical Hospital Bitola, a mortuary attendant and a referral for a pathological histological examination, statements from the parents and other medical documentation were provided.

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