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Minor girl dies in ambulance, family members accuse Hospicio of negligence




An eight-year-old Navelim girl, who was a cancer patient, breathed her last inside an ambulance at the Hospicio Hospital on Wednesday with her family members and relatives pointing fingers at the hospital management. The girl died while she was waiting to be transported to the Goa Medical College and Hospital.

The girl was receiving paediatric chemotherapy treatment for cancer at GMC. On Wednesday afternoon, she was rushed to the Hospicio after her vital organs began failing and she started gasping for air. Senior paediatrician, who examined her, told the parents that there was nothing the hospital could do and asked the family members to take a decision on whether to move her to GMC.

The family members took a decision to move the girl to the GMC, but were told that the hospital ambulance would carry three other patients. During the wait in the ambulance, the girl’s lungs collapsed and she was declared dead.

The girl’s aunt said, “We had decided to take her to GMC and had put her in the ambulance that already had one more patient. The nurse told us there were two more patients who were supposed to come after which 15 to 20 minutes had passed and she passed away. It was known that it was a serious case and the hospital should have allotted another ambulance that should have left immediately for GMC.”

Hospicio Hospital medical superintendent Dr Ira Almeida however said that there was nothing the hospital could do for the girl. “The patient had come to the hospital gasping and her BP could not be recorded. We resuscitated her and asked the parents if they wanted to shift her. They said they wanted to take her to GMC and at the same time at around 3 to 3.30 pm, we were moving other patients in our ambulance,” she said.

Dr Almeida said, “We thought it was not a serious case in the sense that she was taking treatment at GMC. We decided to send her with our vehicle that leaves at that time but when we put her in the ambulance, she collapsed and died,” she said.


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