A 10-year-old student of Modern School in Chaturshringi died after experiencing chest pains while playing in the school yesterday. The Std IV student had complained to the teacher about the pain, following which the teacher started pumping her chest to ease the pain. With no sign of the pain abating, the girl’s father was then called to the school. He rushed her to a private hospital, but doctors declared her dead a little later.
According to a family member of the deceased, a doctor at the hospital told them that had the girl been brought to the hospital 20 minutes earlier, she would have survived. The family is now alleging that the death could have been avoided had the school rushed the girl to the hospital, instead of waiting for the father to arrive.
The school management has refuted the allegations, claiming they took all necessary steps to prevent the death. The girl identified as Samrudhi Tattya Pawar was playing in the school when she suddenly starting experiencing chest pain and fell unconscious at about 8.45 am.
The girl’s father was informed after 45 minutes, and he arrived at the school at 9.30 am. Dashrath Ankana Shinde (32), the girl’s uncle, said, “The school authorities called up Samrudhis’ father saying she was unconscious and that he should come to school immediately.
Tattya Ramchandra Pawar arrived at the school and then rushed his daughter to Ratna hospital located at Senapati Bapat Road. When the doctors examined her at 10. 30 am, she was declared dead. The doctor said she would have been alive, if she were brought 20 minutes earlier. Nobody from the school was present in the hospital. Had the teachers admitted her to a hospital on time or given her medicines, she would have been alive. But instead, they waited for her father to come and did not take any action immediately.”
Vilas Sonawane, a Shiv Sena activist, who later staged a protest at the local police station, said, “The school was reluctant to admit the girl to the hospital.”
The other side
Dr Gajanan Ekbote, executive chairman of Progressive Education Society (PES), which runs the school, said, “I have taken all the details of the incident from Modern School principal. The school has provided first aid and the girl was immediately rushed to a private hospital soon after her parents arrived at the school. There was no negligence from the school side. The girl’s health was weak and that would be the reason of her death. The post-mortem report is awaited.”