A sad video has gone viral in India, which shows a woman died of Covid after the police allegedly took her oxygen cylinder away from her hospital bed to give to a VIP amid a shortage of medical oxygen in the country.
Video shared on social media shows his 22-year-old son, Anmol Goyal, crying and begging in front of the Uttar Pradesh police not to take away his mother’s oxygen cylinder.
His 53-year-old mother, Usha Goyal, who was admitted to hospital for Covid-19 complications, sadly died two hours after the police are alleged to have taken away her oxygen cylinder.
‘My mother will die if you take away her oxygen cylinder,’ Anmol Goyal, 22, told the police as the cylinder was carried out of the hospital on Tuesday night, April 27.
“The only thing that the doctor said would help her, an oxygen cylinder, was taken away from us,” Goyal told the local news outlets in India.
He and his 17-year-old brother were said to have sourced the oxygen themselves, bringing it to the Covid ward and placing it by their mother’s bed.
The cylinder was confiscated by the police for someone deemed to be more important, according to The Times of India correspondent who shared the video on social media.
भईया मेरी मां चली जाएगी… A man cried and begged policemen not to take away the oxygen cylinder he arranged for his mother in critical condition.
The cylinder was reportedly confiscated from private hospital in Agra to supply it for a VIP. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/OHjR5Xvhcj
— Deepak-Lavania (@dklavaniaTOI) April 28, 2021
Speaking to the Wire, Goyal said: “When I asked the ward boys why they were taking away our oxygen cylinder, they told me that they want to save somebody’s life. Who is that somebody? And is my mother’s life not valuable enough?”
Rohan P Botre, Superintendent of Agra Police vehemently denied the claims, told the media: “It was an empty cylinder being taken away from the hospital for refilling.”
He added: “Three days ago, there was some oxygen shortage in the district because of which we were helping patients to refill cylinders. The person is crying only because he was requesting the police to help him with a cylinder.”
This comes after the number of Covid infections in India has exceeded 18 million.