4-month-old boy dies of cardiac arrest in train

PMO sends doctor to station after co-passenger’s tweet.

#HYDERABAD A four-month-old boy from West Bengal died of cardiac complications aboard the Yeshwantpur-Puri Garib Rath Express on Sunday night before medical help could reach him.

The infant, who was travelling with his parents, had been taken to a hospital at Puttaparthy in Anantapur district for medical consultation. The couple was on their way back to West Bengal when the boy died.

A passenger from Bihar, Sunny, had tweeted to the railway ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), seeking help. The PMO alerted Vizag (Waltair) station authorities, who kept a medical team and an ambulance ready to attend to the infant. The baby died before the train arrived at Waltair station at 10.10 pm.

“My son had heart problems. We had taken him to Sri Sathya Sai Super-Specialty Hospital for consultation with doctors. The doctors said that he had very serious heart complications and they couldn’t do anything about it. We were on our way back when he died,” said the boy’s father Ashok Mandal, who is from Howrah.

According to co-passengers, the child looked normal till the train reached Rajamahendravaram. But the parents noticed that he was not breathing at Duvvada station.

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