Minor dies of snake bite; family carries body on shoulder for post mortem

Dhenkanal: Blame it on ignorance or abject poverty, a family had to make several rounds of the hospital to complete the formalities required to claim compensation money after their minor son died of snake bite at Ekatali village under Kamakhyanagar block on Thursday.

Moreover, the family members had to carry the body of Sumanta Munda (9) on their shoulders to the hospital as they could not further arrange money for transportation.

As per reports, the family had first rushed Sumanta to hospital after he was bitten by a poisonous snake while sleeping at a crusher camp at around 10 PM on Thursday. However, he died while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

“We had taken Sumanta to hospital. But the doctors declared him dead and asked us to take him back,” said Basanti Munda, a relative.

Later, the family took Sumanta’s body home after hiring an autorickshaw.
The family again took the body to the hospital after the local ASHA worker and others in the villagers informed that he can claim compensation only if post mortem of the deceased is conducted at the hospital.

Learning this, the family members decided to take the body for postmortem today.

“The doctors had advised us to take the body back. But as we learnt that post mortem needs to be conducted, we again decided to go to hospital. We had to carry the body on shoulders as we failed to arrange any means of transport,” said Ranjan Munda, another relative.

Hospital authorities on the other hand stated that the family had taken away the body without informing anyone in the hospital.

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“The patient was brought to the hospital in critical condition and given necessary treatment here. However, he died soon after,” said Dr. Digambar Sahu.

Sahu further informed that the family of the deceased had left the hospital even after being told that post mortem would be conducted.

“It appears that the family again brought the body for post mortem following advice by some villagers that they would be eligible for compensation,” said Sahu.