Delhi HC asks AIIMS team to examine ‘abnormal’ foetus – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court has directed the medical superintendent of AIIMS to forthwith constitute a board to examine the condition of a 25-week pregnant woman, whose foetus is suffering from serious abnormalities.

A vacation bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the medical superintendent of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to submit by January 4, the report regarding the medical condition of the foetus and the possibility of the foetus not surviving the term of the pregnancy.

The high court was hearing a petition by a woman seeking permission to undergo medical termination of her 25-week pregnancy on the ground that the foetus was suffering from Bilateral Agenesis and Anlyaramni.

Advocate Sneha Mukherjee, representing the woman, submitted that the foetus would not survive till child birth as both kidneys have not developed as yet and added that in the circumstances it would be futile to compel the petitioner to undergo the full term of pregnancy.

The report of the medical board shall be submitted on or before January 4, the next date of hearing, the high court said.

Section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act does not permit termination of pregnancy in case the period of gestation is more than 20 weeks.

The plea said during an ultra-sonography, conducted on the woman at the gestational age of 25 weeks, it was discovered that the foetus suffered from Bilateral Renal Agenesis (both kidneys absent) thereby making it incompatible with life.

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