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Mother-son duo's death to be probed

Bahrain Health Minister Faisal Al Hamer orders a probe into how the hospital handled Suma Babu and her son's death.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Dubai
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2007 03:15 AM IST

Bahrain has ordered a probe into the role of private hospital, which allegedly failed to help an Indian woman and her son who were admitted at the facility after being electrocuted in their home this week.

Bahrain's Health Minister Faisal Al Hamer has ordered the probe into how the Al Hilal Hospital handled Suma Babu, 44, and her 13-year-old son Clement, both of whom died on Monday.

The investigation will be carried out by the Health Ministry licensing directorate head Tawfeeq Naseeb, who met Babu on Wednesday.

"I shall carry out a full investigation into all the allegations and will ensure that anyone who is found to be guilty shall be punished," Naseeb was quoted as saying.
He said the allegations should be taken "very seriously".

Clement was electrocuted on his birthday when he touched a tap made live by an electrical fault in the bathroom of the family's flat and his mother was apparently electrocuted when she tried to save him after hearing him cry out.

Grieving husband Thomas Babu, 51, alleged that his wife and son were initially taken to the Al Hilal Hospital but nobody attended to them.

He claimed his wife lay on a stretcher outside the hospital for about 45 minutes until an ambulance arrived to take her to Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), where she was declared dead.

But Al Hilal Hospital chief executive officer Dr Sai Giridhar has denied any lapse, saying that his wife was dead when she arrived at the hospital and claimed Clement was not brought to the hospital at all.

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