The Gorakhpur tragedy and its aftermath

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Born after eight-year wait, dead in eight days

Anara Devi shows the death certificate of her grand children.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan

Suman and Brahmadev Yadav, a couple from Baghagada village in Gorakhpur had been trying for eight years to have a child. And finally on August 2, Suman gave birth to twins at the district hospital, much to the joy of their families.

However, their happiness was shortlived as both babies died within eight days after being shifted to the Baba Raghav Das Medical College on August 3.

The death certificate issued by the hospital for the infant girl says she died of “cardio-respiratory failure”. The family did not get a death certificate for her twin brother, who died on August 9, Brahmadev’s mother, Anara Devi says.

“The babies were born normal, but then soon developed a fever. They were sent to the medical college and none of us saw them alive after that,” says Anara Devi, pulling out a plastic box with the death certificate, medical bills and prescriptions.

Anara Devi doesn’t know if her grandchildren were among the over hundred patients affected by encephalitis because hospital authorities did not tell the family what happened.

Not informed

“We had been asking since August 7 to give us our children back. We heard that they were being given oxygen and then died when the oxygen stopped. Since we are not educated and are poor, no one explained to us what happened,” she says.

On Monday, Samajwadi Party leader and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was supposed to visit the Yadavs but had to cancel the trip due to incessant rain that made the mud paths to the village impassable.

“All we can say now is that my son should get some help. At the least, the government can make roads in the village,” says Anara Devi.

Holding the only photos of her grandchildren ever taken, she says the family had bought sweets and was planning to celebrate their birth when they would have been discharged from hospital.

But the children never came home.

“We were going to decide their names when they came home,” says Anara Devi, as she sits beside the plastic box of memories.

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Apr 20, 2021 12:45:19 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/gorakhpur-hospital-deaths-snatched-away-after-eight-year-wait/article19498411.ece

In This Package
Gorakhpur deaths: Oxygen supplier arrested
Sharp drop in B.R.D. hospital deaths in 2017: Uttar Pradesh govt. data
UP police 'apprehends' Dr. Kafeel Khan from Gorakhpur
290 children died at BRD Medical College this month, says principal
Death of children in Gorakhpur hospital: file response to plea, High Court tells UP government
Crisis-hit Gorakhpur hospital staggers under patient load
You are reading
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Born after eight-year wait, dead in eight days
Adityanath blames lack of hygiene for death of children in Gorakhpur hospital
SC refuses to take cognisance of Gorakhpur hospital tragedy
Former oxygen supplier questions U.P. govt for terminating contract
Japanese Encephalitis in Gorakhpur: A deadly disease explained
Order has returned to Gorakhpur hospital after Yogi Adityanath visit, say kin of patients
Gorakhpur tragedy: CM Adityanath raised caution flag during previous visits
Congress calls Gorakhpur deaths ‘murder’, asks Yogi Adityanath to step down
Ahead of Yogi Adityanath’s visit Gorakhpur hospital gets a makeover
Guilty will not be spared: U.P. CM
60 children die in five days in Gorakhpur hospital
Gorakhpur deaths: Uttar Pradesh government admits cut in oxygen supply
At Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, life goes on
Yogi Adityanath
Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: U.P. government appoints new acting principal for BRD hospital
30 children die in Gorakhpur hospital
An infant under treatment at the government-run BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur.
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Adityanath warns guilty of action
Death of children: Gorakhpur medical college principal resigns after suspension
Gorakhpur hospital ignored warnings on oxygen supply
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Modi in touch with U.P. government, says PMO
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Opposition onslaught on Adityanath government
Next Story