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Child denied treatment, stretcher in Kanpur hospital; dies on father’s shoulder

The Emergency Department of the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital refused to admit Sunil Kumar’s 12-year-old son Ansh and the staff did not provide the father any assistance to carry the boy to the nearby children’s hospital
Kanpur Hospital

A father lost his 12-year-old ailing son in Uttar Pradesh after doctors at a renowned hospital first wasted precious 30 minutes of the boy’s life without even examining him and later telling the father to take him to a nearby children’s hospital without providing him a stretcher and other assistance. The child died on the shoulder of his father after being allegedly denied treatment at a government hospital in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday, ‘The Hindustan Times’ has reported.

The Emergency Department of  the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital refused to admit Sunil Kumar’s 12-year-old son Ansh and the staff did not provide the father any assistance to carry the boy to the nearby children’s hospital.

Ansh was down with high fever since Sunday night. His father Kumar first visited neighborhood doctors in Fazalgunj, following which he took his son to the city’s biggest hospital LLR, as the fever increased gradually, the report said.

“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,” he said. The hospital allegedly turned down Kumar’s request to provide him a stretcher.  His son died by the time he reached the hospital and subsequently doctors declared him dead on arrival.

This incident comes days after a poor man was seen carrying his wife’s dead body for around 12 km after the hospital where her wife was admitted refused to provide an ambulance to carry the body to to the burial site, some 30 kms away, in Kalahandi, Odisha.

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