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The parents of an 11-month old baby girl, who had died of an unidentified malady, are reported to have been asked to take the body from Metigahatenne Madulsima Hospital in a three -wheeler to the Badulla Hospital mortuary, a distance of 45 kilometers. Arriving at the hospital, the thoroughly exhausted and stressed out parents were in for a further shock when the Badulla Hospital authorities refused to accept the body to be kept at the mortuary. Thereafter the parents were compelled to take the body to the Nuwara Eliya Hospital in the same three-wheeler.

The child had been treated for about four months at the Metigahatenne hospital for some kind of cutaneous itching, and when her condition had worsened she had to be admitted to the same hospital where she died.

The hospital authorities had ordered the body of the child to be wrapped in a polythene bag and handed over to the parents to be taken to the Badulla Hospital for further investigations.

The post mortem examination was to be held at the Nuwara Eliya Hospital where the body was taken after it was refused to be accepted by the Badulla Hospital Mortuary staff. (Palitha Ariyawansa)

  Comments - 33

  • Upali _ Doha Friday, 30 November 2012 10:44 AM

    I like mahinda's idea. But the Q is why we should do it..? Since the GOSL is not exemplary to us and doing all kinda wastage's from Mihin , Matthala, Harbour and now satellite . where as they can utilize these huge amount of money to the countries benefit in all the way ...??
    I am ready to help as Mahinda, if they are showing us the path to be generous and honest.

    Banda Friday, 30 November 2012 08:32 AM

    This is why our Prime Minister is taking tratement in USA, President goes for his check up to the USA, and Dumind gets treatement in Singapore

    Dee Friday, 30 November 2012 08:37 AM

    snd to mathale

    SpaceCab Friday, 30 November 2012 08:42 AM

    their hear goes only for cows and the dogs

    Mankinda Friday, 30 November 2012 09:32 AM

    I know it's unbelievable, why not we all get together and set up a fund to raise funds to buy an amubulance for those rural areas. Nothing is impossible if we get together.......I will put $200.00 to start the fund via The Mirror (mirror pls contact me via my e mail to transfer the funds$).

    blessings of triple gem & god


    joytheo Friday, 30 November 2012 09:50 AM

    i hope.... those who are responsible for this inhuman act will not be dead soon and will suffer till their last minute of their horrible life without even having someone to touch n clean them. no one should collect their body after they die, not even a dog.
    may the soul of little girl rest in peace and god bless the parents and may the god give them the strength to handle the situation.

    Giann Friday, 30 November 2012 09:53 AM

    The head of the Madulsima Hospital should be fired immediately. The hospital is responsible for any patient who died while being an inpatient. The parents should be objected immediately and kept the baby at the hospital and reported the case to the Provincial Health Authorities. Absurd work by everyone.

    honkat lara Friday, 30 November 2012 10:06 AM

    health minister will be available FOR COMMENT after the night races...please excuse...

    havefun Friday, 30 November 2012 10:40 AM

    Change the word this country... its becoming worster

    sorenson Friday, 30 November 2012 07:28 AM

    Where is our health minister? Any response from him?

    OMG Friday, 30 November 2012 12:36 PM

    If you have to live in Sri Lanka you have to be a politician or a servant of one

    DeSelva Friday, 30 November 2012 02:41 PM

    Miracle of Asia

    Gunapala Friday, 30 November 2012 05:29 PM

    Do these hospitals have an ambulance? Why did they not send the body by ambulance.? How could they be so callouss & uncaring to ask the parents to carry the body in a three wheeler?
    Which is very traumatic. Where is the humanity in a situation like this? Very sad.

    chathu Friday, 30 November 2012 08:27 PM

    If DM initiate such a good cause and set up a fund ; I will surely donate some money as well.
    Thank you.

    human Saturday, 01 December 2012 12:00 AM

    ohh... very sad. via DM Android App

    ramkumar Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:34 AM

    Mankinda, I welcome for your kind consideration for this type of problems. my question is that how many sortcomings are happening here like this. the one exposed to media is this, can you fund to millions of same kind of problems. We sri lankans pay huge amount of money as tax, what happen to our money, treatment to politician in abroad, huge ministers in the parliament and huge allocation to them for their exp. including for their keeps, family run gov. institution in loss state etc. are few examples. why we want to spent our money for politician misused public funds.

    Ajith Saturday, 01 December 2012 09:48 AM

    Those who refused and made those poor parents misery will be beggars in the street without limbs!!!!

    shaq Friday, 30 November 2012 02:47 AM

    OMG!! Cannot even imagine what the parents must have gone through. Where have all the kindness n goodness gone??

    ramakumar Friday, 30 November 2012 06:52 AM

    Very recently Minister Nimal De Sripala challenged to prove shortage of medical drugs in the govt. hospital. Please refer this also to him. We the public can wait and see the result of his action.

    Ananda Ariyarathne Friday, 30 November 2012 06:37 AM

    Mahendra, I totally agree with you.Do not blame the ministers who are also politicians.With the exception of a few they are a set of clowns providing amusement to people.In India their Cinema does it.In Sri Lanka most of the politicians have taken over that responsibility.This includes all the parties.Our medical facilities are like 'orchids' some get help to grow and maintain while others have to live on the 'air'. So, medical personnel do not bother as they cannot solve the problems.The Regional Heads and Country's Head of Health Authority do not wish to antagonize the Politicos.They either do not report or hide problems.The whole country is becoming sick. But do not think changing the government is the solution.It is always a case of 'wrong people at the right places'.

    albert Friday, 30 November 2012 06:20 AM

    Living in a world called economy with a species called money , talking a language called cash and married to credit.

    DHA Friday, 30 November 2012 05:57 AM

    Unbelievable....if such heartless people are to be working in hospitals what will happen to the other patients.....???

    Mahendra Friday, 30 November 2012 05:34 AM

    Blame the politicians but nobody else as in Western countries these things are not common! as they have plan in place for these typse of situations. Hospital staff does not care unless it's a politician's child.

    Mahendra Friday, 30 November 2012 05:30 AM

    What a sad, sad story? Why is there so much agony to these people? Where are the politicians whom got voted to power by this very family? Perhaps they are travelling in super comfort a/c Mecedes! Why don't you stupid politicians have a plan for this type of situation? Don;t you politicians have a plan to give easy life for these type of families in such circumstances????

    Niv Friday, 30 November 2012 05:29 AM

    Not only relevant hospital authorities entire community is like this. These people are become more selfish by looking at out politicians and leaders. This is what out politicians want and they new we need a society with heartless individuals. not a united society. then politicians will be safe all the time...

    wild Friday, 30 November 2012 05:09 AM

    How heartless can the hospital authorities can be ??

    ANTON Friday, 30 November 2012 04:43 AM

    It is clear that more private medical faculties to be set up in srilanka to give proper MBBS degree (not Mason Baasta Badaama Seervice)

    buffaloa citizen Friday, 30 November 2012 04:31 AM

    We voted for them to go in Lamborginis and Helicopters for providing this service for even dead children.

    Confused Friday, 30 November 2012 04:21 AM

    This is outrageous treatment given to the parents of the deceased little girl!

    Laminate Friday, 30 November 2012 03:54 AM

    No value for human today!

    hrm Friday, 30 November 2012 03:52 AM

    OMG. Couldn't imagine how those innocent parents felt. Let those responsible rot in hell.

    kirala Friday, 30 November 2012 02:59 AM

    Hmm........this sounds like a scene from some cheap horror flick.

    Can this country stoop any lower than this?

    Mimi Friday, 30 November 2012 02:53 AM

    I dont want to live on this planet anymore

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