In another video providing evidence of the lack of empathy by hospital staff, a man from Uttar Pradesh was seen weeping as he walked on the street carrying his 15-year-old son’s body over his shoulders. According to a report by NDTV, he was not provided with a stretcher or an ambulance to carry away the body of his young son. This brings back gut-wrenching memories of Odisha’s Dana Manjhi who had to carry the body of his wife for 10 km due to the apathy shown by hospitals. In the current case, the 45-year old father, who goes by the name of Udayveer told NDTV that the Etawah government hospital doctors had turned his son Pushpendra away without even treating him.
Speaking of his ailment, Udayveer said that there was nothing really wrong with the boy. He just had pain in his legs but the doctors gave him 5 minutes and asked him to take the kid away. But the doctors did not provide him with any ambulance, or other amenities that are supposed to be provided to the poor for free. And it was due to these reasons that Udayveer had to carry his son on his shoulders, which co-incidentally had been filmed by someone using a phone. He thereafter had taken his son home on a bike. Speaking about the lack of an ambulance or any support from the hospital, he said that nobody had informed him if he was entitled to any ambulance or other forms of transport to take his son’s body back.
Rajeev Yadav, Chief Medical Officer told reporters that according to his knowledge the doctors had been occupied with a bus accident case and could not attend to the boy or ask his father if he needed any transport. He said that strict actions would be taken. It was a blot on the reputation of the hospital, he added, admitting that the fault was theirs.