A terrible tragedy : Jhuma dies after a fortnight long struggle for life in GBP hospital, grief all around

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Updated: March 3, 2021, 09:11:08 AM   

In a monumental  tragedy teenaged Jhuma De (17) , as student of class XI in Belonia Vidyapith of south Tripura, breathed her last in GBP hospital this morning after a long and dour struggle for life spanning a fortnight from February 16 to March 2. It was on 16th February, the day of 'Saraswati Puja', that Jhuma had suffered severe burn injuries at school where she had gone to perform rituals and take part in the festivities of 'Saraswati Puja'. But as fate would have it, Jhuma's synthetic polyester 'Saree' had caught fire from the flames of the sacrificial altar of the 'Puja'.

Jhuma had been rushed to Belonia hospital and then to GBP hospital with 87% burn injuries and no hoe for survival. At the suggestion of doctors she was also rushed to Calcutta for treatment in an advanced hospital , reportedly with government help but there was no co-ordination. Tripura Bhawan,Calcutta was not aware of the arrival of the critical patient and no hospital bed was available . Jhuma was in agony with inevitable death staring in her face but she had to be rushed back to Agartala for admission to GBP hospital again . The doctors in GBP hospital gave no hope but Jhuma clung to life haplessly for ten days . She breathed her last this morning to grief and shock all around. Her body is being carried to Belonia today by a hired vehicle but the entire town is in grief and mourning over the loss of a beautiful, pristinely pure life full of vibrancy and all the dreams of adolescence.

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