Dozens of taxi drivers storm the Indonesian hospital and restore the baby’s body that is being held hostage over allowances
Dozens of taxi drivers storm Indonesian hospital and restore baby's body after one of their colleague's relatives was unable to pay medical costs and take their dead son home
- The six-month-old Alif Putr died Tuesday in an operation, but was saved for parents
- M Djamil Hospital, Indonesia, refused to release his body to parents for funeral
- Dozens of taxi drivers entered the hospital and delivered the baby
Dozens of taxi drivers this week stormed an Indonesian hospital morgue to claim the baby's body that was held as collateral on unpaid medical bills.
The six-month-old Alif Putr died Tuesday morning in an operation, but was held at M Djamil Hospital in Padang, Indonesia until his parents paid the 25 million rupiah ($ 1,774; £ 1,370) owed.
By Tuesday afternoon the body was not released despite his parents' request for a Muslim burial – in Islam it is common for the body to be buried as quickly as possible, often on the same day as death.
Indignant that the parents were denied their wishes, dozens of taxi drivers, colleagues of the child's uncle, who is also a taxi driver, decided to act by entering the hospital and carrying the baby.
Phone images record the moment when the powerful group, dressed in their green uniforms and helmets, meets to storm the overwhelming security of the hospital.
A little later they depart respectfully when little Alif is carried in the arms of a taxi driver.
Wardiansyah, one of the convoy involved in the retrieval of Alif, told it BBC: & # 39; We took action after we discovered that the family could not bury their child because they could not pay the 25 million rupiah in bills they owed.
Indonesian taxi drivers are approaching M Djamil hospital in Padang to take the body of six-month-old Alif Putr, who died on Tuesday, and bring him back to his family
& # 39; The security officers tried to stop us, but they gave up because there were so many of us. & # 39;
At the baby boy's funeral, his mother Dewi Surya said: & # 39; The hospital wanted us to pay the bill, the administration process was removed.
& # 39; The drivers were angry. So they took Alif by force. Poor Alif waited too long in the mortuary & # 39 ;, reports the BBC.
She said the family had signed up for the universal health program that was rolled out under President Joko Widodo, but Alif was sick before they could register.
The taxi drivers decided to act on behalf of their colleague who was the uncle of Alif Putr. After the incident, they apologized to the hospital for the actions they felt they needed to take
The scheme has had to deal with many financing and registration problems, as a result of which many poor families have not received coverage after they were unable to join.
Debate about the practice of keeping children's bodies until parents can pay their medical bills has been reopened after the shocking video went viral about Indonesia.
A number of similar cases have occurred throughout the country in recent years.
In 2016, a couple claimed to have stopped taking their healthy newborn child home from Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, until they paid the bill for the delivery.
Debate about the practice of keeping children's bodies until parents can pay their medical bills has been reopened after the shocking video went viral about Indonesia
The taxi drivers were criticized by hospital director Yusirwan Yusuf for storming the hospital that may have held infectious patients
M Djamil Hospital has since apologized for keeping the dead child for its parents and claimed that the incident had been a misunderstanding – the board has now covered the medical bills.
Director Yusirwan Yusuf said to the BBC: & # 39; The hospital only found out about the condition of the family when they complained to our official.
& # 39; We are a public hospital and we don't even ask patients if they have money to pay for the treatment. & # 39;
The taxi drivers also apologized for their actions and said they hope the hospital's good name can be restored.
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