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Man Dies After His Family Unplugs His Ventilator To Plug In Air Conditioner At Sweltering Hospital

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In India, a patient suspected of suffering from the virus responsible for the global pandemic met a tragic end after his family reportedly unplugged his ventilator so they could plug in an AC unit to cool the room.

The unnamed 40-year-old man had been hospitalized since June 13 according to The Indian Express.

With a high temperature of roughly 106 degrees, Maharao Bhimsingh Hospital in Kota was so hot his family brought in an air conditioning unit from their home.

Hospital staff had deactivated the building’s window AC units to help halt the spread of the virus.

After failing to find a place to plug it in, the family unplugged the patient’s ventilator to use that spot.

Though the ventilator had a backup battery, the man’s family didn’t tell the hospital staff what they had done.

After 30 minutes, the battery failed and the family rushed to find assistance.

Hospital workers administered CPR but were unable to revive the 40-year-old, who was pronounced dead.

The incident is now under investigation, with Dr. Navin Saxena telling VICE News:

“We have set up a committee with the deputy superintendent of the hospital, nursing superintendent, isolation ward staff and chief medical officer to file a report that details what happened.”

After his death, the 40-year-old’s test for the virus was declared negative.

It’s important to be very careful with hospital equipment and to always check with a doctor before unplugging anything.


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--