Chandigarh: The parents of a 16-year-old girl, whose leg was crushed under a bus have demanded exemplary punishment alleging failure to get timely medical attention at the PGIMER here resulted in her death.
 
On July 17 a Class X student of Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 18, Anupama Sarkar's leg was crushed under a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking bus here and died on Tuesday morning at the Advanced Trauma Centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.
 
Narrating the sequence of events that led to Anupama's death, her father Amit Sarkar, who hails from West Bengal, said that the hospital doctors had told them she required an immediate surgery in the hospital emergency, but later on kept "delaying" it on the pretext that more serious cases had to be attended first.
   
Alleging the doctors had been apathetic to her condition, Sarkar asserted, "due to the delay in surgery, Anupama developed gangrene and the infection later spread to other parts of her body".
   
"When her leg was amputated on July 19 night, by then it was too late", he said, adding that "negligence of doctors" had cost his daughter's life.
    
Anupama's mother Kanika Sarkar, who has been inconsolable ever since her daughter's death, claimed that she had pleaded with the PGIMER doctors to attend to Kanika urgently in view of her condition, "but they were indifferent and said that there were many patients like her".
   
"I have lost my only child, she was brilliant in studies. She was our great hope," the distraught mother said.
   
Dismissing there was any negligence on the part of its doctors, the PGIMER has asserted they had done their best under the given circumstances.
   
However, the hospital had set up a four-member committee to look into Anupama's case. Their report was submitted to the PGIMER's director on Friday.
   
Meanwhile, police has booked the CTU bus driver for rash and negligent driving.

(Agencies)

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