A tourist from Chennai died due to a massive heart attack on the Mysore palace premises on Monday.
The deceased, P. Kausalya (56), was a resident of New Washermenpet, Chennai, and a government employee. She was part of a 42-member chartered group which left Chennai for a tour of Karnataka on May 1.
Her grandson P. Mani was accompanying her and he told The Hindu that Kausalya was diabetic but under treatment. She complained of uneasiness and collapsed soon after coming out of the Residential Palace complex at around 3.30 p.m.
The palace authorities were informed and a doctor who attended on Kausalya declared her dead. The city police, upon reaching the spot, said that since the death was due to natural causes, no mahazar would be conducted. The body was handed over to the group and arrangements made to shift it to Chennai. Meanwhile, Kaushalya’s son T. Ramesh and three daughters were informed.
Deputy Director of the Palace Board T.S. Subramanya said the group was advised to procure a certification from K.R. Hospital, citing the cause of death, as the body was being shifted to a different State.
When asked why the Mysore palace, which receives nearly 3.5 million tourists a year, did not have a medical centre to deal with such an emergency, Mr. Subramanya said they had an ambulance to transfer such cases to K.R. Hospital or any other facility. In this case, the doctor had certified the woman was dead and hence the ambulance service was not requisitioned.