Highlights

  • The man was first taken to Care Banjara hills, at 10.30 PM. After  admission was denied,  he was moved to Yashoda Somajiguda.
  • Denied by Yashodha, he was shifted to KIMS Secunderabad, later to  Medicover Saifabad, then AsterPrime Ameerpet.
  • He took his last breath at 3:03 at NIMS Panjagutta.

Hyderabad: A senior citizen died for want of a bed in the hospital at Hyderabad. The Banjara Hills resident was suffering from breathlessness and died outside the hospital on the night of June 26. The person visited five private hospitals in the city and each one denied him admission citing lack of availability of beds.

The patient had difficulty in breathing. He was taken in an ambulance to different hospitals for admission. There was no medico or paramedic accompanying him in the ambulance.

“After the cylinder ran out of oxygen, I started giving CPR to my father.A few minutes later, he took his last breath in the ambulance,” said Rohit Krishna, son of deceased.

The patient was declared dead at 3 am at a private hospital of Panjagutta.“I want as much awareness about this issue as possible. I genuinely don’t want another family to go through this,” said Rohit Krishna.

This is not an isolated case. On June 26, a patient suffering from COVID-19 died after a hospital removed his ventilator support.

“I can’t breathe. Hospital has removed my ventilator support. They said you have enough, my heart has stopped beating, nothing is left in me,” said the patient in his last video message to his father before dying.

His father in another video message said: “They visited around 10 to 12 hospitals even when he was begging for oxygen. They refused to admit him. Finally, they admitted him Erragadda and he died there.”

On June 29, Health minister Etala Rajendra asserted that government hospitals in the state have an adequate number of beds. He said those patients who are still not able to find the bed should go to emergency directly.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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