Mumbai : After receiving a legal notice for allegedly throwing out a 22-year-old mentally challenged youth from JJ hospital last year, dean of the hospital on Friday refuted all charges by adding that they had discharged the patient after he was physically fit. However, the social worker Siddh Vidya who had sent the legal notice to the hospital, after filing an RTI application has asked for a high-level enquiry into the matter by alleging that the hospital authorities failed to do their duties.
The deceased, Krishna Mane had met with a train accident following which he had injured one of his legs and developed gangrene. On April 7 last year, Siddh Vidya had spotted Mane in Nerul wherein he was found in an unconscious state. Following this, she brought him to a nearby hospital, from where he was referred to JJ Hospital in Byculla.
Shedding more light on the matter, Siddh Vidya said, “The hospital authorities lied to Mane saying that they were taking him to a beggars home and threw him at Sandhurst Road station. Since Mane had my number, he called me from someone else’s cell phone and explained the situation to me,. following which I rushed to the station. However, he died a month later owing to kidney failure.”
Vidya claims that the hospital authorities didn’t provide Mane with proper treatment and left him to die at the station. “What the hospital has done is not at all acceptable and when I went to question the dean and JJ police station, they just didn’t seem to care. However, I have asked for a high-level enquiry and I want justice for Mane. The hospital has no right to abandon any patient.”
However, the dean of the hospital had a different tale to tell. Dr Tatyarao Lahane said, “The patient was admitted to our hospital since he had a leg injury. After his treatment when he was physically fit, we had discharged him. The claims are false since we never abandoned him.”
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