New Delhi: Merely hours after Supreme Court stated that the situation of hospitals in Delhi was horrendous following the steep rise of cases of coronavirus, two families claimed their loved ones were denied care in Delhi’s LNJP Hospital and even the dead bodies of wrong persons were handed over to them.
A sub inspector of CISF, Sunny Chandra, while speaking to the media, said that the body of his father was handed to him at Nigambodh ghat by an ambulance driver on June 7, after he succumbed to COVID-19, only to find out that he wrongly cremated the body of a woman, while his father’s body was still kept at the morgue.
“On June 6, my father passed away at LNJP Hospital. We were told the body will be shown in the mortuary. The death certificate was given there, which said he had died of respiratory failure. They then covered the body and put a paper on top, which had details like name, age, sex. Then in each ambulance, four to five bodies were put and sent to Nigambodh Ghat,” said Chandra while speaking to the media.
“We requested the priest multiple times to show us the face once before cremation but he refused. We had no option but to light the pyre without checking whose body it was. We were on our way home when LNJP Hospital called to say there has been some confusion. When we went back, we saw my father’s body was still in the ambulance. We opened the body bag and saw his body. The chit was also stuck whereas the body we had cremated had no chit on it. Had we seen the face or the chit, we would have known that the body was that of Meera Devi,” added Chandra.
Meanwhile, another person Mukesh was running from ambulance to ambulance to locate his deceased mother Meera Devi’s body. On June 4, Meera Devi complained of headache and was taken to LNJP.
“Doctors at Malviya Nagar said they suspected Covid-19 and were sending my mother to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for tests. But the ambulance driver brought us to LNJP. The medical papers from Malviya Nagar Hospital were also given to the ambulance driver only, so we had no idea. We followed the ambulance in our vehicle. After reaching LNJP, I had no idea where they took my mother. I repeatedly asked for her ward number and bed number all night but got no information,” said Mukesh.
In the next few days, Mukesh ran from door to door trying to locate his mother who was admitted in the hospital and asked the guards and cleaners of the hospital about the whereabouts of his mother. Finally a cleaning staff said that his mother was kept at ward 27.
“I managed to smuggle in a phone and spoke to her on the evening of June 5. She had not been given any food or medicine. No test was conducted,” said Mukesh.
“I literally fell at the feet of the CMO on June 6 to discharge my mother so that I could take her to some other hospital. Finally he agreed and I spoke to my mother, assuring her I will get her discharged,” added Mukesh.
A few minutes later, Mukesh was informed that his mother was no more. He alleged that his mother was killed on purpose.
“Even after all this, they did not hand over the body. On the morning of June 7, they showed me the body but asked me to go to Nigambodh and said the body will be sent there. When we reached, there we went hunting from one ambulance to another. One Sant Ram’s body was seen in an LNJP ambulance, the driver said this is my mother. When I asked him to show the face, he refused. We went back to the hospital and they said someone else has cremated your mother,” alleged Mukesh, while speaking to the media.
LNJP has allegedly earned a reputation for misplacing bodies in the past and till now they do not have an answer to how the dead bodies end up getting mixed, say reports.