In extremely distressing visuals which have emerged from Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj town, a couple is seen clinging on to the body of their one-year-old baby boy and helplessly weeping, inside a government hospital complex.
The baby was suffering from fever and a swollen neck. The young parents had rushed their child to the hospital but alleged that doctors refused to touch their son, instead asking them to take their child to Kanpur, reported NDTV. Kanpur being around 90 km away from the place, has bigger and specialised government hospitals.
However, doctors at the hospital and the Kannauj district administration have denied the allegations on record.
According to some phone videos reportedly shot by some onlookers at the hospital around 4.45 pm on June 28, highlight Premchand and Asha Devi holding the dead body of their baby Anuj, in the hospital complex, devastated over the loss.
In a 12-second long video, Prem Chand is seen lying on the ground with the tiny body of his child, clinging to his chest, while his wife is at a distance, and both are wretchedly crying. Another clip, shows the child on a bed in the emergency ward of the hospital being examined by a doctor.
Prem Chand was quoted as saying that the examination only happened once some people started filming us on their phones. Before that, no doctor was willing to touch the child and they were there for 30 minutes. He alleges that they kept on saying ‘take him to Kanpur’.
Asha Devi, his mother stated that the baby’s neck was swollen, and the doctors kept them us waiting for 30-40 minutes. He was then admitted, and died.
Doctors and officials of the district have denied any negligence in the case. Rajesh Kumar Mishra, a top government official in Kannauj said that the boy was brought to the hospital at 4.15 pm yesterday evening and was admitted to the emergency ward. The case was very serious, so a child specialist was called to the emergency ward, but in a mattter of 30 minutes, the child died .
The doctors say they tried their best but the child could not be saved. According to NDTV, prima facie, there seems to be no negligence.