In yet another instance of heartless medical apathy, a father lost his son in Kanpur after he was turned away at a government hospital in the city on Monday.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital denied admission to Sunil Kumar's 12-year-old ailing son, Ansh, and also didn't provide a stretcher to carry the child to the children's medical centre, 250 meters away from the hospital.
Kanpur (UP): Father alleges that his son died on his shoulders as different hospitals denied medical facilities. pic.twitter.com/kT19pYat1q— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 30, 2016
"I begged doctors at the emergency to examine my son and admit him. They took 30 minutes before telling me to take the kid to the children's hospital," HT quoted Kumar as saying.
However, Ansh died on Kumar's shoulder while he was running on his foot to the children's medical centre.
Grieving Kumar told NDTV, "He was in Class 6 and very intelligent. I took him to a local hospital within 9 minutes, they asked me to take him to the government hospital."
As no one came for help, Kumar bundled his son's body on his shoulder and walked home.
Denying the allegations, the hospital authorities said, "We admitted him. We found that there was no heart rate, no pulse, and the pupils are fixated and dilated. We could tell from his condition that he died two to three hours before being brought in," said Dr RC Gupta, the chief medical officer of the hospital.
Less then a week ago, a tribal man in Odisha had to carry his wife's dead body on his shoulders after hospital authorities denied him an ambulance.
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