In a heart-wrenching incident, an ailing elderly woman died after being carried by her husband on a trolley from Odisha’s Sakhigopal in Puri district to Cuttack city for treatment due to the unavailability of an ambulance.
According to a report in Sambad English, Kabir Bhoi, resident of Sakhigopal, had admitted his wife Sukanti to the local Community Health Centre (CHC) as she complained of illness.
Sukanti breathed her last while undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital, according to the Emergency Officer Bhubanananda Maharana. The deceased had developed kidney-related ailments and was suffering from malignancy, he said.
She was diagnosed with a low level of haemoglobin and treated at the healthcare facility for ten days. Doctors later referred her to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
As per the reports, Kabir tried to arrange an ambulance but the emergency service vehicle was unavailable. He also tried to arrange an auto-rickshaw, however, was unable to afford the same as the three-wheeler driver costed a fare of Rs 1200.
With no option left, Kabir hired a trolley for Rs 50 and carried his wife from Sakhigopal to Cuttack city. On Friday evening, a local provided food and shelter to the couple near Telengapentha here.
Later, social worker Abhimanyu Das and some journalists had helped the admission of the woman to the SCB Hospital.