Assam: Man Donates Ambulance 16 Years After His Mother Died
The ambulance which was used for shifting the patient, was not equipped with oxygen cylinders, causing her death.
BISWANATH: In keeping with an old promise, the son of a woman who had died because of the lack of oxygen supply in her ambulance, donated an ambulance for public use. The feat was accomplished by the sons of Subash Chandra Gupta, namely Babul Prasad Gupta, Mithileshwar Kumar Gupta and Kamaleshwar Prasad Gupta.
The incident took place in 2007, when a woman of Biswanath suddenly fell sick and doctors advised the family members to take her to the Mission Hospital in Tezpur for better medical care. But the ambulance which was used for shifting the patient, was not equipped with oxygen cylinders. But on arrival at the hospital, the doctors declared her dead on arrival because of the lack of oxygen. They also mentioned to her three sons that she would have been alive if they could have given her oxygen even for a small duration.
After the incident, the youngest son, Babul Prasad Gupta, took an oath to donate an ambulance equipped with oxygen cylinders for the people of the Biswanath region of the state so that no one else had to suffer like them in future. It took him sixteen years to fulfil his oath as the three brothers dedicated an ambulance for the help of the people of the region on Wednesday in memory of their mother Late Lalita Gupta.
The event was organised in the auditorium of the Biswanath Heath Centre in the presence of the joint director of health for Biswanath Dr Jogen Chandra Be, District Project Director Haren Gogoi and several officials of the health departments. The officials mentioned that this ambulance will be sent to the model hospital at the Balichang locality on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh Border to serve the people of the far-flung locality. Dedicating the ambulance to the public, Babul Prasad Gupta announced that the health department will employ a driver for the vehicle, while the district administration will take care of the fuel and maintenance of the vehicle and that the services will be completely free for anyone who needs to use the service.