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I-League star struggles to find a hospital for his newborn child

Published at :June 10, 2020 at 1:10 AM
Modified at :June 11, 2020 at 5:56 PM
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The Liberian striker's daughter developed symptoms of jaundice.

In the current coronavirus pandemic lockdown, most doctors and hospitals are extremely busy in treating COVID-19 patients and therefore it is a struggle to find admission in any hospital. Former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal player Ansumana Kromah and his wife Pooja faced the struggle, as they went hospital-to-hospital facing rejection in order to admit their newly-born sick daughter.

However, currently, the situation of their week-old daughter Bindu is better, as she is under observation in a hospital at Park Street, as stated by Pooja.

Kromah was sensational on the field last season, as he inspired Peerless SC to win the Calcutta Football League, leaving behind the big three for the first time since 1958. The Liberian was the top scorer in CFL with 13 goals and his performances earned him an opportunity to feature for East Bengal in the I-League last campaign.

He became a father last Wednesday and his daughter Bindu developed symptoms of jaundice on Saturday. The duo wanted Bindu to be admitted at the Shyambazar Nursing Home where she was born, but the hospital had to reject them as there was no availability of beds.

They went to many other hospitals and were rejected and it was only after the police's intervention that the child was admitted to a different facility late on Sunday night.

"I was totally devastated. She''s our first child and the experience we went through in the middle of the night was like a nightmare. We moved around carrying my sick child in the middle of the night from one hospital to another, but nobody came to our aid," Kromah recalled in an interaction with PTI.

One hospital said that they only have beds for COVID-19 patients, while another hospital admitted that they don't have any vacant beds.

"It''s very difficult for us now because of this coronavirus thing. I went to three different hospitals with my daughter and one of them made us sit for three hours before denying admission," Kromah said.

"The government must look into this, otherwise what will happen to patients with other diseases? I''m glad she''s better now," he added.

The child's health deteriorated on Monday night and there was an urgent need for blood, but her blood group is the rare AB+.

"But, doctors said there''s no need for blood transfusion now. Bilirubin count is low. They want to keep her under observation for a couple of days and then they will decide. She''s being given light treatment. She''s a bit better now," Kromah''s wife Pooja said.

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