A woman patient who got stuck in an elevator in the Trauma Centre at the King George's Medical University reportedly lost her life on August 12. But the KGMU authorities said the death occurred due to poor hemoglobin count of the woman and not due to the problem faced in the lift.
25-year-old Shiv Kanti who was severely anemic was referred to the Trauma Ventilator Unit from Queen Mary's hospital after she delivered a child. She was accompanied by her husband and KGMU staff while she was being taken to the 3rd floor trauma center when the elevator got stuck midway at around 4:15 am.
The death of the patient was due to her medical condition and not because of being stuck in the elevator, said Dr SP Jaiswar, the medical superintendent of Queen Mary's hospital. "The patient had severe anemia when she came here, and died of probable cardiac failure," said Dr Jaiswar.
Though the employees present there rushed to the lift, the patient was reportedly dead when the she was taken out. Doctors tried to revive her but could not. The patient was severely anemic with hemoglobin count of less than 4 gm when she was admitted on 10th August, as per the KGMU authorities. She delivered a child at around 11.30 and one unit of blood was also transfused but as the patient had hemorrhage post delivery, she needed ventilator support.
At the moment, 4 out of 8 lifts installed are defunct. Because of lack of proper maintenance and also because of debris falling from ongoing construction falling on it, the elevator was stuck.