A 37-year-old man lost his wife after he was allegedly denied an ambulance to bring her for treatment, the Indian Express reported on Wednesday. In desperation, the man carried his sick wife on a handcart for 8 kilometres to Maharaja Tej Singh District Hospital in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh. The woman, however, was declared brought dead on arrival at the hospital. Again allegedly denied a hearse van, the husband took the body home on the handcart that he uses to sell vegetables at Hariharpur village.According to the report, Kanhaiya Lal said his wife Soni (35) complained of breathlessness on Monday morning. “I called up an ambulance to go to the hospital. But when it did not arrive, I took her to the hospital in my handcart. The doctors said she had died. When I requested the hospital for a vehicle to return with the body, no one responded… So, I put the body on the handcart and returned home.”However, UP Health Department’s Principal Secretary Prashant Trivedi said nobody had called 108, the ambulance helpline number. “He might have called the hospital or some other number… He is very poor and does not even have a phone… The incident is unfortunate,” he told The Indian Express.In February this year, a man carried the body of his dead family member after he was denied an ambulance in Uttar Pradesh’s SambhalFollowing that, the family carried the body on a motorcycle towards their home for the final rites.According to the police, “The deceased was helping his grandfather in the field two days ago. He got injured and was rushed to the local hospital but scummed to his injures on the way. The hospital authority allegedly asked the relatives to immediately to take the body and leave.” The district magistrate had ordered an inquiry into the incident.
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