In Hyderabad, man dies in ambulance after door stuck for 15 minutes
Hyderabad : A 54-year-old man in Hyderabad died of a heart attack after he could not be taken to the hospital despite getting an ambulance service on time.
He was stuck inside the ambulance as the staff struggled and failed to open the door of the vehicle for over 15 minutes.
According to Chaderghat police, Chekkala Anand, a carpenter from Jillellaguda area was returning home in a Multi-Modal Transport Service train (local train) after completing his work at Begumpet.
Minutes before reaching the station, he complained of chest pain and breathing problems; his co-passengers immediately called for “108” ambulance service operated by GVK-Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI).
“By the time the train reached Malakpet railway station, the ambulance was ready. The passengers brought Anand out of the station and tried to put him in the ambulance. But the door got stuck and the ambulance driver and the medical assistants could not open it despite several attempts.
Finally, after struggling for 15 minutes, they broke the handle and opened the door,” Chaderghat station house officer G Nagaraju said. But Anand had collapsed by then.
Since then, the family members have been protesting against the hospital authorities over negligence in the maintenance of the vehicle.
“The relatives did not file any complaint and so, we have not registered any case. The ambulance staff said they were not at fault, as the vehicle had not been serviced for a long time,” the cop said.