Ex-nurse arrested after woman dies during delivery


Saudi Gazette report

— The Public Prosecution has opened an extensive investigation into an Arab nurse who has been accused of delivering babies of expatriate women at her home in Makkah, the Arabic daily Al-Madina reported on Tuesday.

An illegal woman resident and her baby died while the nurse was delivering the child.

The husband of the dead woman informed the police that his wife and her unborn baby both died during delivery at the home of the nurse.

The nurse told the police that she had been working as a midwife after she was dismissed from the hospital where she worked as a nurse.

"I am only delivering illegal residents who cannot go to hospital. I might have given the woman an overdose of the injection, causing her death," she admitted.

She said another nurse was cooperating with her by sending the pregnant women who were close to giving birth to her home for delivery.

The Public Prosecution has prevented the midwife from traveling and was completing investigations prior to taking her to court.

The body of the expat woman was sent to the forensic doctor to determine the cause of her death and prepare a comprehensive medical report on the case. The report will decide the nurse's responsibility in the death of the woman and her child.

Legal sources said the nurse would be produced in the criminal court where she was expected to face a jail sentence and fine because she was delivering pregnant women without any license and has caused the death of a woman and her baby.