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Anupama’s parents vow to get justice

The two room house located in Mauli Jagran where 17-year-old Anupama used to live,on Wednesday was the site of her parents’ grief.

Written by Sanjna Sudan |
July 26, 2012 1:18:06 am

The two room house located in Mauli Jagran where 17-year-old Anupama used to live,on Wednesday was the site of her parents’ grief. However,Amit and Konika Sarkar put up a brave front,having made up their minds to fight for justice for Anupama,so that another child does not have to go through the same struggle.

“We will take this case to the logical conclusion,even if that means knocking on the doors of the court. Once our daughter’s last rites are over,we will lodge a complaint against the CTU and the doctors at the PGI who could have saved her life if they would have acted in time,” said Konika,who has still not been able to come to terms with her daughter’s demise.

Anupama breathed her last on Tuesday after struggling for life at the Advanced Trauma Centre of PGIMER for over a week.

“It was our child this time,but we don’t want this to happen to someone else’s child,” Konika added.

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Incidentally,just days before the accident,her parents,who live on less than Rs 6000 a month,had bought Anupama a computer after saving for many months. “Who would have thought that she would not live to use this computer? Who will we give it to?” her grandmother said. “The doctors at the PGI were very rude to us. Each time we would ask them what we should do when Anupama would ask for water,they would just snub us and say,‘Hum doctor hain,humein pata hai ki kya karna hai (We are doctors,we know our jobs)’,” said her mother.

After the accident on July 17 in which her leg was crushed under a CTU bus,Anupama was at PGI where an alleged delay in her surgery led to the need to finally ampute her leg. Gangrene had set in by then,which eventually led to sepsis,a deadly medical condition triggered by an infection which finally caused her death. Anupama’s parents have been alleging that the PGI doctors had postponed the operation for an entire week,and attention was only given to her once the infection had spread in her entire body.

“We know how for one week my poor child was ignored and her wound which was caught by the infection grew in her entire body. By the end her hands,legs and abdomen had turned blue due to blood loss. She wasn’t even given proper food in the hospital,” said Anupama’s father. Anupama studied in the government school at Sector 18,and had just entered class XI.

“She was our only child,how can God do this to us? I will never forgive what doctors did to her,” a weeping Konika later said.

Stir outside PGI director’s office

A protest outside the PGI’s director office was held on Wednesday in the evening by an NGO “Aawaaz” against the callousness of PGI doctors in handling Anupama’ s case. The volunteers of Aawaaz staged a protest in front of the Director’s office at PGI,demanding stern action against the concerned doctors. The NGO also demanded that PGI reveal the names of the doctors who were at fault.

Gaurav Goel,advocate and founder member of the NGO,said that this incident has brought shame to the an esteemed institute which was considered a ray of hope for many. The delay in operating Anupama has taken her life.

Activists of Aawaaz said that they had strongly appealed to Dr Chawla,Director,PGI to disclose the names of the doctors who were involved and they should not be pardoned.

They also felt that the Director should punish the errant doctors and set an example so that the other doctors do not take their jobs and professional ethics lightly.

The members said that Dr Chawla has assured that within 48 hours strict action will be taken against the negligent doctors.

The protesters were also joined by many past and current patients and their relatives who narrated the difficulties which they are undergoing in PGI and demanded that the Director should come out of the office to address the issue and take the responsibility for the entire episode.

‘Strengthen govt hospitals to reduce pressure on PGI’

The director PGIMER on Wednesday met with the UT home Secretary cum health secretary Anil Kumar to work out possibilities in reducing the burden at the PGI by strengthening the two government hospitals,the Government Multi Specialty Hospital,Sector 16 and the Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32.

Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline,UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said,“We had a meeting wherein we discussed the possibilities of how the two government hospitals in the city can be further strengthened to handle trauma cases and how these two can coordinate with PGIMER in order to share the patient load”.

Both of them will be holding a meeting on Thursday to explore the possibilities of communicating,coordinating and cooperating with each other. A possible mechanism will be devised through which the three hospitals can communicate with each other. For instance,if a case of a trauma or an accident comes to GMSH 16 or GMCH 32,so before the patient is referred to PGIMER,the patient should be stabilised and given some treatment before being sent to PGI.

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