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RANCHI: A middle-aged patient committed suicide at the RIMS early on Wednesday. City-based auto driver, Birendra Kumar Singh, 42, was admitted to the medicine department after he complained of severe abdominal pain and breathlessness on March 23.

The sole breadwinner of his family, Singh, a resident of Dhurwa Sector II, had undergone heart surgery at the AIIMS, New Delhi, in 1999. RIMS associate professor (medicine) Umesh Prasad, supervising the treatment of the deceased, told TOI, "A heart valve of the deceased was in a bad condition. It had led to damage of adjoining parts as well."

Doctors claimed in the past two days, medical condition of the deceased had improved. "During my morning round on Tuesday, he was alright. On Tuesday night, he had complained of mild abdominal pain," said Prasad. Patients in the same ward also said the deceased had a good sleep on Monday night. RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said: "He was suffering from chronic heart disease. I think he was frustrated with it all. Apart from some minor tests, he hardly had to pay any bills here."

The incident occurred around 3.30am. He had gone to toilet in the morning. When he did not come out for a long time, his wife got worried. After an alarm was raised, security staff broke open the door. Singh was found hanging from the bathroom's ceiling, said a hospital employee. tnn

It was money, some doctors claim, which forced Singh to take the extreme step. "If Singh had enough money and had got a valve replaced 10 to 12 years ago he would have been fine. A valve replacement surgery costs around Rs 2.5 lakh. I think lack of money had kept him away from a proper surgery," Umesh said. According to the family of the deceased, Singh had a paralysis attack 18 months ago.

The issue was also raised at the assembly on Wednesday. To the queries from Opposition, health minister Hemlal Murmu told the House that the death had nothing to do with any administrative issue at RIMS. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com


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