Aditya Sahai, 23, was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Max Devki Devi Hospital in Saket on October 30.
When declared out of danger on November 1, he was advised by his doctor to shift to a private ward. Except there was no room available.
Sahai had to wait for two days before he got space in a four-seatre shared room.
"They kept saying there was a bed shortage which I believe was true as they refused beds to a few dengue patients," said his mother Poonam Sahai (46).
All private hospitals in the city are facing a space crunch, but they say it is not because of dengue alone.