COIMBATORE:A 50-year-old man, afflicted with gangrene on his right leg, reportedly abandoned by his family near the Olymbus bus stand at Ramanathapuram here on Wednesday was lying on the roadside for hours without getting any help.
Though the 108 ambulance was called to the spot by police the team refused to take him to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).
According to locals, the man identified as Raveendran (50), a resident of Bharathi Nagar in Ramanathapuram, was dropped at the spot by a youth in an auto around 8 am on Wednesday. However they were shocked to find the old man lying at the same spot till 5 pm. Taking pity on him, a local press owner, RNS Mani, got him a bottle of soft drink.
Flies were sitting all over the afflicted portion of his leg and pungent odour was emanating. Owing to the bad condition of his leg, the 50-year-old was not in a position to move.
“I have been trying 108 ambulance since morning to shift the old man to a hospital. However the staff said that the man appears to be fit and in no need of emergency care,” said the press owner. “I also tried a cell phone number given by Raveendran. But there was no response,” he said. Meanwhile police arrived and insisted the 108 ambulance team to shift him to the hospital, but in vain. Even the NGOs did not turn up to attend to the man. After 7 pm, one of the relatives took the man home.