Newborn dies after being locked in an ambulance for 2 hours

2018-07-18 13:29
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A two-month-old baby died in India after being locked in the back of an ambulance for two hours.

The heartbroken parents arrived at Raipur Railway in Bihar, India, and called Sanjeevani Express – a free ambulance service – when their baby needed immediate care for a heart ailment on Tuesday 17 July.

When they reached Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital, the ambulance driver struggled to open the doors reports Times of India.

While the infant and the father Ambika Kumar were locked in the van, the staff at the hospital allegedly refused to acknowledge his request to break the van's windows and warned him that it would be ‘damaging government property’, reports  The Sun.

"I was urging them to break the door or window since my kid had cardiac problems but my efforts were in vain," he said to Hindustan Times.

When the baby was finally taken out of the ambulance it was too late.

The Emergency Management and Research Institute, GVK EMRI, that runs the ambulance service refused to say whether the baby died because of the door malfunction.

Government relation’s officer Shibu Kumar said the baby, whose name is not known, was already dead before reaching the hospital.

“When the ambulance reached Ambedkar hospital its doors go stuck for a few minutes. The technicians then took the baby out of the vehicle through the window.”

A police official told the Daily Pioneer that no charges have been laid against the ambulance service by the infant’s parents.

“The baby’s condition was already critical. The parents of the infant didn’t approach police [to] lodge a complaint,” the official said.

"If they’d approached us it [would’ve been] a matter of Section 304 but since the parents went back without approaching us after cremating the baby here, we haven’t filed an FIR [First Information Report].”

The hospital's superintendent, Vivek Chaudhary, gave police a [statement] on the negligence of the company as well as the driver of the ambulance, the police reported.

There will be stern action against the department, Chief Minister Raman Singh said.

Sources: Times of India, The Sun, Hindustan Times, Daily Pioneer


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