Coroner Records Cause of Death as “unascertained”
The mother of an 8-year-old schoolgirl, who suddenly died in whilst on a holiday in India, has told an inquest that “a medic took her life after administering a mystery injection.”
Gurkiren Kaur Loyal, from Birmingham, had visited a clinic in the Punjab after suffering from dehydration along with treating a stomach bug, where she died on April 2 last year – and when her body was returned to the UK, it was discovered her organs had been removed.
Her heartbroken parents, Santokh Singh Loyal and Amrit Kaur, from Hockley, had originally thought that the girl had been murdered “organs could be harvested.”
They blame the clinic for “failing to attempt to resuscitate Gurkiren after the injection and police for never formally investigating the death.”
Senior Coroner Louise Hunt told the parents: “All I can do is record a cause of death as unascertained and give an open conclusion as to how she died. What a terrible situation you found yourself in, not being consulted about anything after losing your daughter. No resuscitation attempt was made which is surprising. I hope for you more evidence does emerge that can be investigated.”
When giving evidence, Mrs Kaur blamed medics for the death of her daughter, a pupil at Nishkam School in Handsworth, who she described as a “star’’.
Mrs Kaur said, “She would have had a perfectly good life if they let her live. I deeply believe it was the surgeon that took her life. That I know for a fact, deep down. Gurkiren fell ill a few days after arriving in the Punjab where she met her grandparents for the first time. She was taken to a local clinic, after complaining of stomach pains and was repeatedly sick, and blood tests were taken.
“When she returned hours later she was given an injection by a medic that she never recovered from. I asked the assistant ‘what’s that injection for?’ and he just turned his face,” Mrs Kaur said.
“He walked round the bed and I said to him ‘I’m asking you a question’, but he injected her canula. As soon as he did that her neck went floppy and her eyes rolled and I thought ‘oh my god she’s gone’. They did not try to resuscitate her so I screamed for the doctor. He came up but said there was nothing they could do for her.”
Dr Gerald Langman, a pathologist at Heartlands Hospital, who performed an in-depth analysis of the body on April 19, told the inquest “it was impossible to give a cause of death because of the delay in the organs being sent back to the UK and because, in some cases, only parts of the organs had been supplied.”