Man dies after his penis is bitten off by rats while in hospital

Anna Edwards

Last updated at 6:56 PM on 31st December 2011

A patient died in hospital after his penis was allegedly nibbled by rats.

Arun Sandhukha, 53, from Sreerampore in Hooghly, was admitted to the new emergency ward of the at the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal on December 11 with pneumonia.

But on December 23, when his family came to visit him, he was lying on the bed in agony, surrounded by pool of his own blood, the Asian Age newspaper reported.

Nibbled: The relatives of the man claim rats bit his penis while he was in hospital

Nibbled: The relatives of the man claim rats bit his penis while he was in hospital

‘No nurse was found at the scene and he was writhing in pain. His penis had been nibbled by rats,’ one of his relatives Bishwanath alleged to the newspaper.

Later that day, at around 4.15pm, Mr Sadhukha died of his horrific injuries.

The hospital authorities have admitted the presence of rats at the ward, Bishwanath claimed.

It had been a terrible month for the east Indian state’s hospitals.

Earlier in the month, on December 9, fleeing medical staff abandoned patients to a fire that killed 89 people, the Huffington Post reported.

Police said six hospital directors were charged with culpable homicide.

Smoke engulfed the seven-storey AMRI hospital in the city, according to officials.

Dwellers of a nearby slum noticed the smoke and fire rushed to the AMRI Hospital to raise the alarm but were blocked by security guards who insisted it was only a small blaze.

Rescuers pulled 73 bodies from the building and another 16 died of their injuries later, said Danayati Sen, a top Kolkata police official. Most of the deaths were due to smoke inhalation.

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