Pediatrics JR ends life due to stress

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A 26-year-old resident doctor with the VS Hospital was found dead from her hostel room on Monday morning. Dr Meghavi Patel, 26, an MD (paediatrics) student, had injected self with a compound, suspected to be anaesthetic agent. Police said that a note found from her pin-board mentioned stress related to work and study along with her ailment as reason for her extreme step.

According to Ellisbridge police, the sweeper at the residential hostel for PG students of NHL Medical College had approached Meghavi’s room as per routine at 9.30am on Monday. When she did not respond after repeated banging, the nearby residents were called on the spot and the door was forced open when Meghavi was found on her bed unconscious. She was taken to the VS Hospital where she was declared dead.

“Meghavi had done her MBBS from the same institution. Daughter of a senior government official, she had got married to Dr Vishal Patel, an MD (radiologist) currently working in Surendranagar, eight months ago. They had got engaged three years ago. Her father-in-law is a paediatrician having his hospital in Asarva. Her colleagues said that she was on duty in the hospital till 10pm on Sunday,” said an Ellisbridge police official.

Investigators said that a note from her pin-board in her room was found in which she had written that no one is responsible for her death. She wrote that she was ending life due to stress and ailment. K M Chavda, in-charge ACP, M Division, said that Meghavi was suffering from spinal TB and her treatment was going on.

Dr Sandeep Malhan, superintendent of the VS Hospital, added that she had cited stress as a reason as the masters students have to work as residential doctors in addition to appearing for an examination every week.

Investigators said that Meghavi had injected self on her wrist and leg with a compound. Chavda said that the postmortem examination is over but they are yet to ascertain the content which she injected. Police could not question her relatives on Monday but they said that they would ask about whether she gave any sign of distress in recent past.