Noida boy killed by DTC bus: ‘We took Pranjal to three hospitals, two turned us away’
Prince and five other friends were there with Pranjal when a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus ran over his cousin at Rajnigandha Chowk around 6.30amnoida Updated: Feb 11, 2018 23:13 IST
For 17-year-old Prince, cousin of Pranjal Sharma who lost his life in a road accident after being turned away by two Noida hospitals, Friday was traumatic.
It was bad enough to see his cousin go under the wheels of a bus, but for Prince, the trauma didn’t end there. He spent the next hour taking his injured cousin to one hospital after the other. When both hospitals allegedly turned him away, they rushed Pranjal to the district hospital, but it was too late. Pranjal was dead.
“The moped belonged to me but Pranjal loved riding it. On Friday morning, Pranjal was supposed to hand over the moped to me after he reached his examination centre in Chhalera village,” Prince said.
Prince and five other friends were there with Pranjal when a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus ran over his cousin at Rajnigandha Chowk around 6.30am.
“Two private hospitals — Max Hospital in Sector 19 and Kailash Hospital in Sector 27 — denied treatment to Pranjal and by the time we took him to the district hospital, Pranjal had died.”
“There were three bikes and six people— I, Pranjal, Taleem Khan, Abhishek and Ashu and Arjun. We all are in class 10 and had our board exams. Pranjal, a student of Sarvodaya Public School, had his exam centre in Chetram School Kanya Inter College in Chhalera village. Rest of us had our centre at Navjeevan Inter College in Bhangel. Pranjal was supposed to hand over the moped to me once we reached his centre in Chhalera.”
He said the accident was “plain bad luck”.
“At Rajnigandha Chowk, we were heading towards Sector 18 road while the DTC bus was coming from Delhi and was headed to Sector 12/22. Pranjal was riding in between two bikes with Ashu leading the pack and I bringing up the rear. Pranjal thought that he could overtake before the bus reached him but his bike hit the front-end of the bus. He came under the wheels of the bus. He was injured in the head and legs and was bleeding profusely,” Prince said.
He said he and his friends pleaded with the DTC bus driver and conductor to help them but in vain. “We pleaded with the drivers to let us in and take Pranjal to the hospital but they refused saying that it was our fault. We took an auto and reached Max Hospital in the next five minutes. He was admitted but the doctors refused to treat him. They asked us to take him to Kailash Hospital which took another 10 minutes. There, two doctors came to examine Pranjal. They also refused to treat him and asked us to take him to the district hospital,” Prince said.
Pranjal was declared brought dead by the district hospital by 7am. “My brother would have been alive today if not for the callousness of the hospitals and the DTC staff,” Prince said
Pranjal’s family has also demanded strict action against the hospitals for denying treatment to their son.
“Have we collectively failed as a society because if a child gets hurt, the responsibility lies with the elders to get him treated. Two hospitals turned away my son and he bled to death,” said Asseshwar, Pranjal’s Sharma.
“We have arrested the driver of DTC bus named Rajesh Kumar and booked him under IPC section 304 (A). We have not booked any of the hospitals,” Anil Shai, station house officer, Sector 20 police station, said.
Dr Anurag Bhargav, chief medical officer of GB Nagar, said the probe is ongoing.
“The patient was brought to Max Hospital, Noida, in an auto-rickshaw early morning. He was bleeding profusely from the nose and ears, indicating a severe head injury. He needed an immediate NCCT Scan, which is not available at Max Hospital, Noida. This was explained to the person accompanying the patient. The emergency doctor at Max Hospital, Noida, offered to stabilise him and send him in an ambulance for the scan to a larger hospital. The attendant decided to rush the patient to another hospital,” a Max hospital spokesperson said.
The spokesperson of Kailash Hospital said, “When the patient was brought to the emergency, a doctor, nurse, paramedic and ward boy went to help him. The doctor checked the boy and said he thought the boy was dead and must be taken in for a checkup. On hearing this, the boys who brought the patient to our hospital hired an auto from outside our campus. We deny the allegations that we turned away the patient.”