Skip to comments.‘It’s a massacre’: At least 30 children die in Indian hospital after oxygen is cut off
Posted on 08/12/2017 9:45:00 PM PDT by BBell
NEW DELHI One by one, the infants and children slipped away Thursday night, their parents watching helplessly as oxygen supplies at the government hospital ran dangerously low.
At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after its supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted over an unpaid bill, officials said. A Home Ministry spokesman told the Press Trust of India, citing police reports, that 21 of the deaths were directly linked to a shortage of oxygen.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. as medical practitioners and relatives the tanks running dry handed out manual resuscitator bags to families in a desperate attempt to save the young patients.
We saw children dying around us, said the father of one victim, who gave his name only as Vijay. Obviously, its the hospitals fault. So many children have died because of them. My son was fine until nighttime, then something wrong happened.
Two more children died Saturday at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, an impoverished area in the eastern part of the state, as authorities scrambled to firm up supplementary supplies and investigate the tragedy. The government suspended the medical college principal Saturday.
The states health minister and hospital officials have denied charges that the deaths were caused by the oxygen bill dispute. An estimated 60 children have died at the hospital since Aug. 7 from a variety of causes, officials said.
In a news conference Saturday, the states chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, called the tragedy despicable and said the state had set up a committee to investigate the role of the oxygen vendor.
The guilty will not be spared, Adityanath said.
Parents of the victims described feelings of anger and bewilderment
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RIP little ones.
There have been riots for a lot less.
There still might be.
I would be. Somebody needs to hang from a lamppost.
“Over an unpaid bill.” So how about calling them up to complain? The person that did this doesn’t deserve to see the alarm clock tomorrow morning.
Jesus was there to receive them into Heaven, and they ran into His arms as He kneeled down. He kissed each one of them and laughed with them, as they ran and laughed and played in fields of flowers beautiful beyond description. No more suffering, pain or fear—they now have brand-new, glorified bodies that will last for eternity!
Praise the Lord! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
I’m sure that’s very comforting to the parents.
Very sad! Why are so many on oxygen? Seems a bit odd.
“Heart breaking and preventable. Thank God we live in a great country.”
Very sad. And in the U.S.:
Preventable Deaths in American Hospitals
NEJM Catalyst, January 23, 2017
Hospital medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. That’s 700 people per day, notes Steve Swensen. “And most of those have a second victim: the nurses, doctors, social workers, managers, pharmacists involved in their care.”
Read more here:
Hospital Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S., and New Hospital Safety Scores Show Improvements Are Too Slow
October 23, 2013
3rd world nation. What would be a minor condition here rapidly can get really bad quick with a patient whose been undernourished and unvaccinated for their entire lives.