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Friday, December 30, 2011

Patient dies after rats chew off penis in ward


NEW DELHI: A pneumonia patient is alleged to have bled to death after rats nibbled off his penis in a government-run hospital in Kolkata, reported local media.

The horrific incident happened at the SSKM Hospital on Friday where Arun Sandhukh, 53, was seeking treatment for pneumonia, reported the Asian Age newspaper.

The hospital authorities admitted the prevalent of rat menace in the wards but did not comment further.

"No nurse was found at the scene and he was writhing in pain. His penis had been nibbled by rats," the victim's relative only known as Bishwanath told the media.  

Only family members who came to visit Arun discovered him dead in a pool of blood, said the news report.

Medical mishaps in poorly-equipped and overcrowded hospitals in Kolkata, West Bengal's capital, hogged media attention in recent weeks.

Last Saturday, an inebriated hospital cleaner, at the Calcutta Medical College, was reported to have pulled off the oxygen mask of a three-week old baby that led to her death.  

In another appalling tragedy in a private hospital in Kolkata, over 90 people, mostly patients suffocated to death, after fire swept through the building in the early hours of Dec 9. -- BERNAMA (published 24/12/2011)


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