Gorakhpur hospital deaths: ‘Was handed a small pump… kept pumping for over 3 hrs’

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Shailendra Gupta’s son was among the 23 children who died at the hospital on August 10. Gupta said he would always have the lingering doubt that his son’s life could have been saved.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Gorakhpur | Published:August 13, 2017 4:59 am
Gorakhpur, gorakhpur deaths, gorakhpur hospital deaths, gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh, Up government, Shailendra kumar,  gorakhpur encephalitis, gorakhpur brd medical college, Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Shailendra Gupta and his wife Laxmi. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Shailendra Gupta, 24, who works as a carpenter in Bengaluru, returned home last month to be with his wife for the delivery of their first child. Three weeks after celebrating the birth of their child, Gupta and his wife Laxmi, from Jainpur village in Gorakhpur, are now mourning his death.

“My child was having difficulty breathing, so we rushed him to BRD Medical College on the intervening night of August 9-10. As soon as we reached the hospital, we were handed a small pump (Ambu bag) and told to keep pumping. I did so for over three-and-a-half hours. Later, our child was taken to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). The next day, we were informed that he was dead,” said Gupta. “I could not even see his face properly,” he added.

Gupta’s son was among the 23 children who died at the hospital on August 10. Gupta said he would always have the lingering doubt that his son’s life could have been saved.

Meanwhile, despite news of the deaths, parents and grandparents continued to line up at the hospital early on Saturday, waiting for their wards to be admitted.

“There is no other hospital in the neighbouring district where we can go. Private hospitals charge a lot. Most of us cannot afford them. So this hospital remains the only option,” said Moti Chand Yadav, who had come with his granddaughter from Kushinagar. He said she was suffering from “mashtisk jwar” (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome).

Sonu Kasaudan said he had come from Basti district, about 110 kilometres away, with his niece who was suffering from jaundice.

Mukesh, from the neighbouring district of Deoria, said his one-year-old son who was also suffering from jaundice had been admitted. Recalling what happened on August 10, he said: “Suddenly, there was confusion outside the NICU and ward, as the news spread that there was shortage of oxygen. Some parents were given small pumps and told to keep pumping, while others wanted to ask about their children still inside the ICU… Some parents suspected that their children had died, but they were not handed the bodies immediately.”

Meanwhile, inside the NICU, where 14 children died on August 10, there are four infants in one bed. In NICU No. 1, which has eight beds, 24 children have been admitted.

The scene outside is no better. A garbage dump lies right outside the ward, which also has special AES unit. Cows can be seen freely roaming around inside the hospital campus.

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      Aug 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm
      the last line is killer. the health minister should have some shame and resign. and an independent probe of external agencies needed. it is possible that the doctors are hiding the time and cause of death to hide the fact that dwaths occurred to lack of oxygen
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        Shinde Sambhaji
        Aug 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm
        How is prin l of medical college responsible to this incidence. The said company is asking for dues since last six months but government has not realesed funds till last week. For private hospitals ,It takes years to get bills cleared for any government health scheme. In fact due to this dealyes most of private ins utions are reluctant to treat patient under government. scheme like CGHS,ECHS Rajiv Gandhi health insurence etc. It is government delay providing fund has given rise to this incidence. So the government is fully responsible for this. These politicians pass bill within minutes to raise their own ry but to get finance for public health it takes years. The comedy of present government is it is talking of devlopment agenda of twenty first century using devices and ideas of medieval period. In present India astrology has taken over science and Ayurvedic medicine has taken over allopathy . Hope good sense prevail in present government
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          Shinde Sambhaji
          Aug 13, 2017 at 11:46 am
          This incidence highlights sorry state of health facilities in government hospitals all over India. Government is spending meagre amount on health which is less than our neighbor Bangladesh and many underdeveloped African countries. Whatever spent major proportion is siphoned by government health officials in collusion with ruling politicians by providing substandard medicine and facilities.And whenever such incidents happens they save their skin by blaming all this to Doctors managing the patients. Infact they have created wall of mistrust between patient and doctors by misusing social media communication channels . In this incidence also same thing will happen . These murderes will find out some small fault in doctors and will blame and punish them for this tragedy.It is responsibility of government to provide. health facilities to public and spend enough finance to it.Unless government. health ins utes get enough funding such incidence are bound to happen.
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            Binu Mathew Varghese
            Aug 13, 2017 at 10:44 am
            Give Cow dung and . all will be fine
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              Aug 13, 2017 at 9:34 am
              Aur gaumata ki pooja karke ganga men isnaan karke shankar ji ki pooja karen. Tabhi bache wapas aa sakte hain. Tabhi Sabh dev log asmaan se pushp varsha karenge BJP par............ARREy bhai these jakals should be held responsible for the deaths of the infants.
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                Aug 13, 2017 at 9:09 am
                They will carry all the luxuries required for the minister as per his requirement everywhere he goes, like Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, cooler and of course the Z category security, which does cost a bomb for the government. But providing basic health facilities to poor people is not in their agenda. Hope we people wake up and demand basic facilities from our elected government.
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                  rick patel
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 8:40 am
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                    Al S
                    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:55 am
                    Like JNU event after Rohit Vemulla's suicide.
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