Journalist dies, family suspects medical negligence

15 June, 2016

Kottayam: Anusree Pillai, 31, a journalist working with the Times of India group passed away at Kozhenchery on Monday night. She was a senior copy editor with Samayam, the Malayalam news portal of Times Internet Ltd. 

She died while being taken to a private hospital in Kozhenchery from another private hospital near her house. She was taken to the first hospital with complaints of severe stomach pain and fever. However, her condition worsened and the doctor there advised her relatives to take her to a hospital with more facilities.


Meanwhile, her relatives have given a statement to the police saying that they suspect medical negligence to be the cause of the death. Police have collected samples of the medicine given to her at the hospital. A post-mortem examination was conducted at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital later in the day and the body has been kept at the morgue there. The samples of her internal organs have been sent for laboratory tests and chemical examinations. 


Before joining the Times Group, Anusree had worked with the television channels Indiavision, Jai Hind and TV New. She has been an anchor-cum-newsreader in these channels.


According to her uncle, Raveendranath, the stomach pain started by 10pm on Monday. Her mother took her to the hospital in Chungappara. After being administered an injection there, she developed breathing difficulty and was put on glucose drip. Later the doctors at the hospital advised the family to shift her to another private hospital in Kozhenchery. But she died in the ambulance on the way.


Anusree is the daughter of the late N P Sreedharan Pillai and Ratnamma. Aparna is her younger sister. Her body will be taken to her house at Chalappallay near Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district by 10am on Wednesday. The funeral will be held at her residential premises at 2pm.