Two-month-old boy injured in Mumbai hospital fire dead

(Eds: adds details) Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) A two-month-old boy, who hadsustained severe injuries in a fire in the intensive care unitof a municipal hospital here, died of cardiac arrest in theearly hours of Friday, a civic official said.

Prince Rajbhar sustained serious burn injuries in thefire at the KEM Hospital on November 6, after which, his leftarm was amputated, the official said.

'Prince was put on maximum ventilator support and hiscondition deteriorated on Thursday night. He suffered acardiac arrest at 2.30 am on Friday, and could not berevived,' the official said.

The baby suffered from a congenital heart ailment, andwas brought to the city from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh by hisfinancially weak parents for better treatment, the officialsaid.

Prince's father Pannilal Rajbhar has demanded that apost-mortem be performed on his son at government-run J JHospital.

Rajbhar has written a letter to Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari, alleging the civic hospital had failed to provideproper treatment to his son.

In the letter, a copy of which was sent to the dean ofKEM Hospital, Rajbhar has alleged the BMC-run medical facilitydoes not have fire safety clearances and is also not auditedby the fire department.

He alleged that KEM staff and doctors were not givenproper fire safety training.

Prince was not provided super-speciality treatment ashe was poor, Rajbhar claimed.

On November 13, Rajbhar filed a complaint at theBhoiwada police station, following which a case of negligenceunder section 338 of the Indian Penal Code was registeredagainst the hospital staff, the official said.

Earlier this week, the boy's parents met BrihanmumbaiMunicipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Praveen Pardeshi.

The BMC offered a compensation of Rs 5 lakh, which wasrejected by the parents who sought long-term rehabilitation.

Stung by criticism from various quarters over themeagre payout, the country's richest civic body on Wednesdaydoubled the compensation to the family to Rs 10 lakh.

At a meeting of BMC's group leaders, it was alsodecided to frame a comprehensive compensation policy forvictims of the civic body's negligence.

Ravi Raja, opposition leader in the Shiv Sena-ruledBMC, said the issue of compensation was on the agenda of thegroup leaders' meeting, where almost everyone thought the sumof Rs 5 lakh was meagre.

'Prince's life has been ruined due to negligence onpart of the BMC. We wanted a sum that will help him survive,'said Raja, a Congress corporator. PTI DC VT ARURSY RSY