Suicide after severe pain, dad too dies of shock
A 60-year-old man was found hanging at his home early on Sunday, hours after doctors at a government hospital, where he went with severe leg pain, allegedly told him to go to another hospital as no orthopaedic was available.
The man’s 90-year-old father became unconscious on seeing his son hanging and was declared dead later in the day.
Police said Gopal Mandal, 60, was found hanging from the ceiling of a room at his Darapara home in Haridevpur.
Gopal’s wife Jhuma said her husband — a rickshaw van-puller by profession — had suffered fracture in a leg many years ago. A metal plate had to be inserted to repair the fracture and it was not taken out.
“My husband was suffering from an excruciating pain in that leg. On Saturday, we took him to a government hospital, where he was given an injection and then asked to wait. After an hour, we were told that the doctor in the orthopaedic department would not come and we should go elsewhere. We decided to return home because we could not afford to get him treated at a private hospital and there was also the fear of coronavirus infection,” Jhuma said.
Early on Sunday, Gopal’s pain intensified and he was last seen going to the washroom. When he failed to return to his room after some time, family members went to look for him and found him hanging in a store room.
Jhuma said her father-in-law Bhootnath Mandal passed out on seeing his son in that condition. When he was taken to hospital, he was declared dead.
Police said they had not received any complaint of medical negligence from Gopal’s family.
Gopal, who was the only earning member of the family, had left behind two children.