A fifth person recovering in the intensive care unit at Delhi government’s Sushruta Trauma Centre, along with four others who died due to a fault in the oxygen-supply equipment on Tuesday, died on Wednesday morning.
Vikram Singh, 65, a head injury victim from Ghaziabad who was brought to the hospital by the police , had undergone surgery on Saturday afternoon.
Though the hospital authorities attributed the cause of death to cardiac arrest, his family alleges that his condition deteriorated after the oxygen supply to the ICU suddenly stopped for 15 minutes late on Monday night. He was resuscitated by the doctors on duty but his condition had remained critical.
“He had already suffered three heart attacks and there was a fourth one around 7.30 am on Wednesday. We tried to revive him for almost an hour before finally declaring him dead,” said a doctor in the hospital, requesting anonymity.
Singh’s son, Om Vir, however, said, “We were told his condition was improving but yesterday after the oxygen supply was interrupted, his condition got worse. Though doctors managed to save him at that time, I realised his condition was deteriorating.”
Officials from PES Installations Pvt Ltd., a private company managing the oxygen supply in the hospital, claimed they were being falsely blamed.
“The hospital hasn’t cleared its dues to us. We don’t get paid regularly but still we did not shut down the facility in the hospital,” they said.
The post-mortem of Rihana and Rajkumari took place on Wednesday. The autopsy on the bodies of the other two will be done on Thursday. The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday sought a report on the incident and plans to issue notice to the authorities, including the Delhi government.