Odisha: Parents forced to get off ambulance after daughter dies midway
"We pleaded with the driver to drop us at our village, but he refused, and forced us to get down from the ambulance near Nayakguda," the father alleged
In a heart wrenching incident, a couple was allegedly forced to walk miles carrying their 7-year-old daughter's body after an ambulance transporting them to hospital dropped them off when the sick child died midway in Odisha's Malkangiri district on Friday.
According to media reports, locals around the area alerted a few journalists when they saw Dinabandhu Khemundu and his wife carrying the body of their daughter Basra. After arranging another ambulance, they were taken to the hospital, where the child was declared dead by doctors.
Sabyasachi Biswal, state chief for ambulance helplines, said when a patient is declared dead by a doctor, ambulances are obliged by protocol to transport the body home.
A case was reportedly registered against the ambulance driver and an inquiry ordered into his conduct.
"Necessary action will be taken once we get the inquiry report," Malkangiri Collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy said.
According to Khemundu, Basra was admitted to a hospital in Mathili with high fever on Thursday. On Friday, after her condition deteriorated, she was referred to a hospital in Malkangiri, 50 km away. Khemundu said they had covered around half the distance when their daughter died near Pandripani. "We took her to a local hospital, where the doctors declared her dead," he said.
"We pleaded with the driver to drop us at our village, but he refused, and forced us to get down from the ambulance near Nayakguda," Khemundu added. The incident comes a few days after a poor man, Dana Majhi, in Odisha, walked over 10 km with his wife's body following a hospital's alleged refusal to offer a vehicle to transport them home. The PMO has sought a report on the Majhi incident from the Odisha government.
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