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Eight Months Pregnant Woman Dies In Ambulance After Running For Hospital For 13 Hours

Patient and her husband knocked the doors of eight hospitals, including government ones, before she died in the ambulance


NEW DELHI| On Saturday an eight-month pregnant died in an ambulance after running 13 hours for hospital hunt. The family failed to find her a bed as over half a dozen facilities denied her treatment complained about the family.

Family while talking to PTI told patient, Neelam (30) and her husband Vijender Singh (30) knocked the doors of eight hospitals, including government ones, before she died in the ambulance outside a facility in Greater Noida on Friday.

Taking note of the death and the claim, the Gautam Buddha Nagar district administration ordered an inquiry into the matter. Neelam and her husband was the resident of Khoda colony on the Noida-Ghaziabad border, She was eight months pregnant and undergoing treatment at Shivalik Hospital, a private facility, for pregnancy-related complications, said her husband.

On Friday, the hospital refused to admit her and then they were forced to run from one facility to another, he added. “We first went to the ESI hospital. Thereafter, we went to a hospital in Sector 30 (the Child PGI), from there we went to the Sharda Hospital and then to the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida. But all refused to admit her,” her husband is seen saying in a video.

Her husband said the family also tried to get admission in the private facility Jaypee, Forts Hospital in Gautam Buddha Nagar and Max in Vaishali, Ghaziabad but were allegedly told that no beds were available.

“Kul mila ke humari ambulance mein hi death ho gayi (ultimately, she died in the ambulance). Finally, we got to the GIMS where she was put on a ventilator but it was too late,” he said.

Gautam Buddha Nagar District Magistrate Suhas L Y ordered a probe into the episode. An official statement said, “Additional DM Munindra Nath Upadhyay and Chief Medical Officer Deepak Ohri will probe the matter. The DM has instructed them to immediately carry out a probe and take action.”

This is at least the second instance within a fortnight when a life has been lost in Gautam Buddh Nagar due to unavailability of timely medical treatment.

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