Reindeer Herders’ Child Death Investigation in Yamal

February 6, 2015 • Alena GerasimovaChallenges
nenets chumSource: Vesti-Yamal
Circumstances around the death of a 9 month old baby is under investigation. The child in reindeer herders family got sick in the beginning of January 2015.

 The tent of reindeer herders is located in tundra, on the bank of Baidarata river, 50 km from Laborovaya village in Yamal. The child’s condition didn’t improve, and on January 4th his mother brought him to the hospital in the village, and visited local paramedic who, for her part, called the emergency medical service at Aksarka village. But ambulance aircraft didn’t come to take the child that night, since it was too dark to fly. Only the next day helicopter took the baby who had virus infection to Salekhard city.
Despite the fact that the baby was very ill, doctors at Salekhard hospital refused to help him, instead he and his mother were sent back to the village hospital in Aksarka. But the baby died in a car on the way to Aksarka.
Investigation is continuing and only after that the court will decide who is responsible for the baby’s death.

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