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Spurned by 8 hospitals, pregnant woman dies

The couple was forced to run from one healthcare facility to another during 13-hour hunt for a hospital bed
Neelam, 30, and husband Vijender Singh, 30, knocked the doors of private and government hospitals one after another before she died in the ambulance outside a hospital in Greater Noida on Friday, the family said.

PTI   |   Noida   |   Published 06.06.20, 07:44 PM

An eight months pregnant woman died in an ambulance here after eight healthcare facilities denied her treatment during a 13-hour hunt for a hospital bed, her family alleged on Saturday.

Neelam, 30, and husband Vijender Singh, 30, knocked the doors of private and government hospitals one after another before she died in the ambulance outside a hospital in Greater Noida on Friday, the family said.

The Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration has ordered an inquiry.

Neelam, a resident of Khoda colony on the Noida-Ghaziabad border, was undergoing treatment at the private Shivalik Hospital here for pregnancy-related complications, her husband said.

On Friday, the hospital refused to admit her, forcing the couple to run from one facility to another, Vijender added.

A video circulating on social media purportedly shows him saying: “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.”

Vijender said the family also tried to get Neelam admitted to a private Jaypee facility, Fortis Hospital in Gautam Buddh Nagar and Max in Vaishali, Ghaziabad, but were told that no beds were available. “Kul mila ke humari ambulance mein hi death ho gayi (Eventually she died in the ambulance),” he said.

He, however, added: “Finally, we got to the GIMS where she was put on a ventilator but it was too late.”

A statement from the district administration said: “Additional DM Munindra Nath Upadhyay and chief medical officer Deepak Ohri will probe the matter.” 

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