After the doctors of Government Chest Hospital in Hyderabad allegedly declined to put a patient on ventilator support, a COVID-19 patient died last week.
However, the hospital administration said the patient died after he developed myocarditis.
Before dying, he shot a video at the isolation ward of the hospital, addressing to his father, the patient said doctors did not provide him with a ventilator even after he complained of breathing problem.
35-year-old V Ravikumar said, “I have been pleading with them to put me on a ventilator for the last three hours. I am struggling to breathe and feel like my heart has stopped. They are not listening to me. They are not putting me on a ventilator.”
“Bye, daddy. Bye all, bye daddy,” he added.
Ravikumar was admitted to the hospital with fever and breathlessness on June 24.
While his swab samples were collected on the same day, the results were awaited.
He collapsed two days later. The laboratory report on June 27 confirmed that he was positive for the viral infection.
HEARTBREAKING: “Can’t breathe, they removed the ventilator. It’s been 3hrs, I asked and they said u had enough. I feel that my heart stopped beating, nothing left in me.Bye daddy,bye everyone”-last video of 35yr old man who succumbed to #COVID Family wants video shared #Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/IeNiUwkoHj
— Revathi (@revathitweets) June 28, 2020
Speaking about his ordeal in finding a hospital bed, the deceased’s the father said, “My son was suffering from high fever on June 23. All hospitals denied his treatment, suspecting he was suffering from coronavirus, and demanded a test report first. We visited at least 12 hospitals and yet no one gave admission without a test report.”
The next day, the family visited a private laboratory in Karkhana where the staff directed them to another of their branches in Moosapet as they were loaded with test samples.
After visiting several hospitals, including government hospitals like Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) and Gandhi General Hospital, Venkateswarly said his son was admitted to Chest hospital on June 24.
When contacted, Dr Mahboob Khan, the superintendent of the Government Chest Hospital in Erragadda, said the allegations were baseless and maintained that the patient passed away after developing myocarditis.