Gujarat professor gasps for breath, dies after Covid hospital turns her away for not taking ambulance – Coronavirus Outbreak News
The dean of School of Nanosciences at the Gujarat Central University, professor Indrani Banerjee, had been gasping for breath for over two days when her students and colleagues rushed her to a Covid hospital. She passed away after an Ahmedabad Covid hospital turned her away saying she was not brought in a designated ambulance.
According to a report by The Times of India, on Friday evening, Indrani Banerjee was struggling for survival and complained of breathlessness. Her oxygen saturation level hovered around 90-92% on Friday, said her students.
As they rushed her to a civil hospital in Gandhinagar on Friday, the hospital was found packed in full capacity. Indrani Banerjee requested her colleagues to take her to a private hospital in Gandhinagar.
This private hospital, too, said that it was short of BiPAP oxygen concentrator and ventilator that Indrani Banerjee would soon require. Later on Saturday, the students took the professor in their private vehicle to the Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Covid hospital, but they turned her away saying she was not brought in an EMRI 108 ambulance.
She was again brought back to the Gandhinagar hospital after being turned away. By this time her oxygen levels were at an alarming low of 60%, said her colleagues.
By 2 am, the Gandhinagar hospital managed a BiPAP oxygen machine for Indrani Banerjee, but by then it was too late, reported TOI. On Sunday, her colleagues took her body for cremation.
Indrani Banerjee was a PhD in Physics and a fellow at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai and University of Pune. She has also been a visiting scientist at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of University of California.
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