A 64-year-old man traveling by train died for want of medical attention in southern India on Monday.
Sampath and his wife Kamala had boarded the train at Bangalore and convulsions shook the man as the train approached Jolarpet a few hours later.
On-board officials were alerted before the train reached the junction. However, they couldn't find a doctor travelling in the train.
It was the same story at Jolarpet too. Passengers and officials looked around desperately, but couldn't find a doctor to treat the man who had almost passed out, nor could they arrange for a doctor to be called in from the town.
And the train had to chug on. A doctor was on hand at the next stop. That junction had been alerted. But it was too late. By the time it reached the stop, the man had died.
Sampath was declared 'brought dead.'
Sampath's niece, Malathi Varadarajan, told the Times of India in anguish, "The railway budget has announced many new trains, but it's sad to note there are no medical facilities and doctors at railway stations. Had a doctor been stationed at Jolarpet, my uncle could've been saved. Imagine what my aunty would have gone through."
"I wish the authorities ensure there's help on call for medical emergencies. Communication with medical institutions, on-board first aid kits and access to doctors will all make a lot of difference," the distressed Malathi added.