Dying man ignored

2010-09-09 00:00

JAY Seevraj lay dying on the back of a bakkie in front of Northdale Hospital’s emergency door after being ignored by the nursing staff on duty yesterday.

The 39-year-old father of two children was run over by a truck at an Ohrtmann Road construction site in what eye witnesses described as a freak accident.

A witness said the accident occured when Seevraj, a site supervisor, was directing the truck to dump a load of gravel.

“He seemed oblivious of the reversing truck. When he finally directed his attention to the truck, it was so close that on back-tracking he stepped on a stone and fell.

“The truck then ran over him and Mr Niran Sarupen, another stakeholder in this project, arrived and we brought him here [Northdale Hospital] alive,” said the witness.

Sarupen said Seevraj lay unattendedfor about an hour on the back of his bakkie in front of the casualty section.

He said the nurses on duty were rude and did not bother to go out and check the seriousness of his injuries.

“I was out of my mind not knowing what to do because I had a dying man at the back of my bakkie, and the people supposed to be helping him just ignored me.

“I kept on going back to the vehicle to check how the man was doing, and then back to casualty to beg these people for help.

“I gave up and stood next to the bakkie and one more look at Jay, he was dead,” said Sarupen.

He then phoned Jay’s father, Ran Seevraj.

It was only on the arrival of the elder Seevraj that a nurse came out to asked what was happening.

Minutes later an unidentified doctor and an official joined the nurse.

Said Ran Seevraj, “What pains me most is that my son died at the back of a bakkie right in front of a hospital’s emergency area. “He was brought here breathing, yet due to a lack of respect for human life and unprofessional behaviour I’m left with a body to bury.

“My son would still be alive had the nurses shown some professionalism and attended to him.

“The Health Department must take drastic action against the staff members for neglecting their duties and obligation to the public,” he said.

Seevraj said that after his son’s burial he will take those responsible to court.

Vinesh Sewsunker, who was in a queue with his grandmother, said he witnessed the nurses behaviour and can identify those who were present at the time.

The Witness has fielded many phone calls from people complaining about negligence at Northdale Hospital.

KNZ Health Department spokesperson Chris Maxon said it is worrying to hear stories of neglect and unprofessional conduct at the hospital.

He said a report from the hospital to the department has stated that Seevraj died instantly in the accident.

“As a matter of urgency the department has called for a speedy investigation into these allegations and we hope the colleagues and relatives will help identify those who have become strangers to the ethos of their professions,” said Maxon.

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