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Unable to pay for treatment, Indian woman kills self, son

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A woman in India threw her six-month-old son into a well and jumped after him as she was unable to pay for her child’s treatment, a news report has revealed.

According to the Hindustan Times report, the 32-year-old woman was suffering from suspected dengue that has gripped the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The report said that the woman – identified as P Anbukodi – and her husband Perisaswamy, a barber, took their child to a private hospital morning after he fell ill.

After some tests, the hospital confirmed he was suffering from dengue and presented a huge bill that worked out to $ 75 (Rs 5,000) per day.

Bodies discovered

The husband then found his wife and child missing and it was only in the morning that his neighbors found their bodies in the well near their house, police said.

The fire and rescue department personnel retrieved the bodies from the well and they have been sent to Rasipuram government hospital for post-mortem examination. Police have registered a case and further investigations are on.

The disease has already claimed 27 lives in Tamil Nadu so far and around 10,000 cases of various fevers have been reported in the state.

The state’s public health system is overwhelmed as the number of people suffering from the viral infection that is spread by the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito is increasing, said the report.