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By K. Manikandan
Ashok Kumar (45), an auto driver, died at a private hospital near Valluvar Kottam yesterday, even as a case under Section 174 (death under mysterious circumstances) Cr.Pc has been registered at the Teynampet police station. Relatives of the auto driver, including his younger brother Manikandan, who filed the complaint, are yet to come to terms with his death.
``We just do not understand how a person who was hospitalised for a simple defect on the eye slipped into a coma and died,'' Mr. Manikandan said. He said Ashok Kumar sustained a ``minor injury'' in one of his eyes and was admitted at an eye clinic near Valluvar Kottam on the evening of September 18. He was scheduled to undergo an operation the next day.
On Friday morning, he was given anaesthesia, after which he reportedly slipped into a coma, Mr. Manikandan said. He was immediately rushed to the private hospital near the eye clinic, where he died last evening. According to doctors at the eye clinic, preliminary tests conducted prior to the ``retinal surgery'' showed that the patient was normal.
However, soon after administering anaesthesia, the patient developed ``bronchospasm''. According to them, he was immediately revived and put on life support systems including de-fibrillators and rushed to the private hospital. According to doctors at the private hospital, Ashok Kumar's heart was functioning when he was brought there. He was put on life support systems and died last evening. The hospital said that after consultations with doctors at the eye clinic, Ashok Kumar's body was sent to the Royapettah Government Hospital for a post-mortem.
The police said a panel of doctors from both the Chennai and Royapettah Government Hospitals conducted the post-mortem. Further investigations would be conducted only after they receive the post-mortem report.
Relatives and neighbours of Ashok Kumar thronged the mortuary of the Royapettah GH this morning. According to Padmanabhan, a neighbour, Ashok Kumar sustained the injury while playing with his son. According to Mr. Manikandan, none in their house at Perambur was worried before Ashok Kumar underwent the operation. ``He sustained a simple injury and we thought the operation would also be simple,'' he said.
Meanwhile, his body was handed over to his relatives in the evening and was cremated near his house.
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