An elevator in the Trauma Centre at the King George’s Medical University got stuck early on Wednesday morning and a woman patient inside reportedly lost her life. However, KGMU authorities said the death occurred due to poor haemoglobin count of the woman and not due to the problem faced in the lift.
The patient Shiv Kanti, 25, severly anaemic, was referred to the Trauma Ventilator Unit from Queen Mary’s hospital after she delivered a child. A resident of Lakhimpur Kheri, she was accompanied by her husband Krishna Kumar and KGMU staff while being taken to the third floor of trauma centre when the elevator went defunct and was stuck midway at around 4.15 am.
Dr SP Jaiswar, the medical superintendent of Queen Mary’s hospital denied that the patient died because of being stuck in the elevator. She said the death was due to medical condition of the patient.
“The patient had severe anemia when she came here, and died of probable cardiac failure,” said Dr Jaiswar. The employees present there rushed to the lift. When the patient was taken out she was reportedly dead. Doctors tried to revive her but could not. As per the KGMU authorities, the patient was admitted on Monday and was severely anemic with hemoglobin count of less than 4 gms. She delivered a child at around 11.30 and one unit of blood was also transfused but as the patient had haemorrhage post delivery, she needed ventilator support.
Presently, four out of the eight lifts installed are defunct. Officials said th elevator was stuck because of lack of proper maintenance and also because debris from ongoing construction was falling on it.