Girl dies of Asthma in Delhi, parents blame school

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Akriti Bhatia
New Delhi, Apr 22: A class 12 student of the Modern School in Vasant Vihar of Delhi died due to an asthma attack. 17-year-old Aakriti Bhatia's parents alleged negligence by the school resulted in her death.

On Monday, Apr 20 morning around 10:20 Aakriti told her teacher that she was feeling unwell and after 9 minutes she called to inform her mother. When Aakriti's condition deteriorated, she was shifted to the sports room and was put on oxygen.

She was later taken to the near by Holy Angels Hospital from the school she was declared brought dead. While taking Aakriti to hospital the school authorities removed the oxygen provided to her, also instead of calling an ambulance they waited for Akriti's father's car to take her to hospital.

"Why did the school not call for an ambulance? Why did they wait for our car? I don't want this happening to anyone else, so I want action to be taken," said Aakriti's mother Anu Bhatia.

The school says this is completely untrue, and that they did everything possible. "We did all we could to save the child. We gave her oxygen, then we took her to the hospital in our own van. I don't want to blame the mother, but she wanted her to be taken to a relative's home. So we ourselves took her to the hospital," said Goldie Malhotra, principal, Modern School.

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