Posted May 05, 2018 09:06:00 An American nurse who worked in India has left her job at a US hospital after she suffered a heart attack while taking care of an Indian patient.
The nurse, who has not been named, has been in hospital since May 18 and is in intensive care.
She said she felt she was being watched, and her boss, the hospital’s chief of cardiology, ordered her to be removed from the hospital.
“She was just in a very scary situation and was not ready to leave,” said the nurse, whom The Wall St Journal did not identify because she is a US citizen.
The hospital declined to comment.
The Indian government has not released the nurse’s name, citing patient confidentiality.
An official from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told the AP news agency that the nurse had been removed from duty after a formal complaint from a patient.
“We are currently investigating the incident,” the ministry said in a statement.
The nursing home’s owner, the Indian government-run hospital, said it had initiated an investigation into the incident.
The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Indian authorities say a number of Indian nurses have died in the past decade.
In a statement, the government-owned hospital said it is “deeply saddened by the incident”.
“It is extremely unfortunate that this happened in this hospital,” it said.
“The patient and his family are our main concern.”
India has long been plagued by high mortality rates among its population.
In 2014, the health ministry declared an epidemic of high blood pressure, which is the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Health ministry data shows that nearly three-quarters of India’s deaths were from heart disease, stroke and diabetes.