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Man Carries Dead Wife On His Back For 6 Miles (Video)

| by Michael Howard

A widower in India carried his wife's body on his back for more than 6 miles after the hospital where she died allegedly refused to provide a vehicle to transport her to her village (video below).

Dana Manjhi trudged through stifling summer temperatures on Aug. 24 as his 12-year-old daughter looked on in agony, according to CNN. His wife, 42-year-old Amang Dei, died the previous night of tuberculosis.

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Manjhi did not have money to hire a vehicle, so he wrapped his wife's body in a blue sheet and began the 30-mile trek back to their village.

As Manjhi walked along the side of the road, an onlooker called a local reporter and told him what was happening.

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TV journalist Ajit Singh arrived on the scene and began shooting a video while Manjhi described his situation.

"I am carrying the dead body of my wife as I am poor and cannot afford a vehicle," he said. "I told the same to the hospital authorities. They said they could not offer any help."

Singh later spoke to CNN about what he saw.

"Some locals ... spotted Mr. Manjhi carrying the dead body of his wife accompanied by his 12-year-old-daughter, Sanadei Manjhi, and called me," Singh explained. "We filmed him carrying the dead body and asked him what happened."

Shortly after Singh began filming, a car was called for Manjhi.

The hospital, in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, denies it sent Manjhi away without a transport vehicle, according to CNN.

"No one knows when her husband carried her out of the hospital," said Dr. Jaghu Lal Agarwal, the hospital's assistant district medical officer. "Her death was not confirmed by the on-duty doctor and no discharge slip was issued. The hospital staffs on duty were not informed by Mr. Manjhi."

Brundha D, a district official, told CNN that an investigation has been launched into the incident.

"We have ordered a probe and due actions will be taken if any wrongdoing has been done," she said.

A former member of parliament for Kalahandi, Bhakta Charan Das, expressed indignation that something like this had happened.

"When I was an MP, I had arranged two ambulances for the Bhawanipatna hospital," he said, according to The Indian Express. "The vehicles could have been used in this case. What is the point of having them if they can't help a poor tribal in the time of need?"

Sources: CNN, The Indian Express / Photo credit: The Indian Express, CNN, Kanak News/YouTube

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