Was humiliated everytime I asked for help: Mother

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 22, 2015 11:25 IST

The order has brought alive the agony and humiliation Anupama's parents had to go through when their only daughter was not treated on time at PGI. Recounting the pain of seeing her daughter die, Konika Sarkar says, "I kept requesting the doctors to attend to my daughter from the moment Manti (Anupama) was admitted to the PGIMER. She needed urgent attention."

Konika's face went pale as she recounts the "nightmare", "Every time I requested the doctors to attend Manti, I was humiliated and told there were other patients, too."

With tears in her eyes, Konika says, "Her surgery was not performed on time and her dressing was also not changed for the three days altogether."

"The pain we felt is inexplicable. Had we not been able to reach the hospital, we could still have been able to console ourselves, but not being attended by the doctors even in emergency is unpardonable," said grief-stricken Amit, adding they had not thought of another child after Anupama was born.

"It was only when she was found suffering from gas gangrene that doctors panicked and she was wheeled into the OT only to die due to the infection," Kanika adds. "Many a times, I feel she would just come back, give me a tight hug and the nightmare we are living will be over," she says in a choked voice.

Anupama was brought to PGIMER on July 17, 2012, and was not operated upon the same day due to prior pending open fractures and complex trauma cases. After initial dressing, she was shifted to the trauma preoperative ward. However, she was not operated upon the same night. She was left unattended on July 18, and bled throughout the night. The doctors noticed the haemorrhage only on July 19. She was given additional compression dressing over the already dressed wound.

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