A father who was forced to carry his son on his shoulder, lost his ailing son after he was allegedly denied admission at the government-run Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur.
Hospital’s emergency section refused to admit 12-year-old Ansh, son of Sunil Kumar and neither was he provided any assistance to carry the boy to a children’s medical centre where he was referred to.
Due to apathy of government hospital, the boy died on his father’s shoulder when he was running to reach the children’s hospital which was around 250 metres away.
Ansh was down with high fever since Sunday night. Kumar first went to neighbourhood doctors in Fazalgunj, but took his son to the city’s biggest hospital, LLR, as the fever increased gradually.
Kumar begged doctors at the emergency to examine his son and admit him but he had to wait for 30 minutes and later referred to the children’s centre without any help.
He was also denied a stretcher to carry his son.
By the time he reached the children’s hospital, his son was dead. Doctors declared him dead on arrival. The disheartened father again carried his son’s body on his shoulder and walked home and no one came forward to help him.
The incident highlights the pitiable condition of the health sector in this country. Last week, the video of a farmer in Odisha – Dana Majhi – had gone viral, where he was seen carrying his dead wife on his shoulder after he was denied an ambulance from the hospital authorities. Majhi’s wife had died of tuberculosis on Wednesday last in Bhawanipatna, and when he wasn’t provided an ambulance to take her to the burial site, some 30 kms away, Majhi carried her on his shoulders.
The incident garnered international attention prompting financial aid to the family from Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.