Patient Dies After Punishment For Peeing In Ambulance

CENPublished: March 26, 2018
Published: March 26, 2018

A pensioner has died in hospital after he was left lying almost upside down on a stretcher propped up against the back of an ambulance.

The driver reportedly left the dying man for several minutes because he had urinated and defecated in the back of his ambulance.

The elderly patient, whose name has not been released, was found lying by the roadside after he was hit by a vehicle in the village of Thachanattukara in the Palakkad district in southern India's Kerala state.

He was initially taken to a private hospital in the nearby town of Mannarkad but later transferred to Palakkad District Hospital and finally the Thrissur Medical College Hospital.

It was at Thrissur that an eyewitness with a smartphone filmed the man lying upside down on a stretcher leaning against the back of an ambulance, with one end inside the vehicle and the other on the ground.

He was reportedly left lying there for several minutes, despite the serious nature of his injuries, until the man returned wearing rubber gloves to put him on a hospital wheelchair.

Police are refusing to confirm or deny local media reports that the driver of the private ambulance left the patient like that because he was angry that he had urinated and defecated inside his vehicle.

A police spokesman said: "From the information we received, the driver works for a private ambulance service that probably operates near the Palakkad district hospital where the patient was first admitted.

"We have got the number of the van and registered a case against him under IPC section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) here."

The man later died in hospital from the injuries he suffered in the road accident which is also being investigated by police.

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