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Six-Month-Old Baby With Hole in Heart Dies On Board Flight to Delhi

The baby's parents were travelling with her from Begusarai in Bihar to Delhi, seeking treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).


Updated:July 25, 2019, 4:50 PM IST
Six-Month-Old Baby With Hole in Heart Dies On Board Flight to Delhi
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New Delhi: A six-month-old baby died on board a flight from Patna to Delhi where she was being taken for treatment of her heart condition, police said on Thursday.

Rachita Kumari, a resident of Begusarai district in Bihar, suffered from congenital heart disease and had a small hole in her heart, said Sanjay Bhatia, deputy commissioner of police (IGI Airport) said here. She was undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Delhi.

Her father, Rajendra Rajan, and mother, Dimple, accompanied her on board SpiceJet flight 8481 on Wednesday. They said they suspected no foul play, the DCP added.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said during cruise, the crew requested priority landing at the Delhi airport owing to medical emergency on board. Doctors on board attended the child. Priority landing was approved, aircraft landed safely and as requested medical facilities were made available on arrival, he said. On arrival, doctor declared the infant dead.

No prior information of the child's medical condition was provided to the airline before travel, the spokesperson added.

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