Highlighting the poor upkeep of government hospitals, a piece of plaster hit a brain haemorrhage patient at J J hospital after it chipped off from the ceiling falling straight on his forehead. The 1845-constructed heritage hospital’s ward 4 had undergone a recent renovation, said staffers on Wednesday, where the patient, Babulal Mishra (58) was admitted. According to staffers, Mishra was admitted on Tuesday after he suffered a haemorrhage. On Wednesday afternoon, he was operated for diffuse axonal injury, a condition which damaged his brain after a road accident.
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After the surgery, he was put on ventilator and admitted to ward number 4 for emergency patients on the hospital’s ground floor. The hospital has been struggling with space crunch, which forced the administration to admit Mishra on the ground floor’s emergency unit.
On Wednesday evening, a portion of ceiling’s slab fell on Mishra’s head. According to hospital sources, the portion that chipped away left a gaping hole in the ceiling from where even iron rods inserted for structural strength were visible.
“He was unconscious even before surgery and his condition was already critical. We conducted a CT scan and there were no additional intracranial injuries found due to the slab fall,” said Dr T P Lahane, dean at JJ hospital. Mishra’s brain and chest were tested for internal bleeding, but hospital has alleged that his condition has not worsened due to the Wednesday accident. The brain-damaged patient, however, continues to remain in a serious condition after the slab fell on his head. He has been shifted to the cardiac care unit in the hospital.
“The maintenance of all four state-run hospitals is poor. The buildings are more than a century old,” said a doctor from the hospital who did not wish to be named. The ward, where Mishra was injured, was given a fresh coat of paint about four months ago.
The situation is similar in BMC-run hospitals. KEM and Sion hospital both have portions built decades ago. In 2014, a roof collapse injured a first-year radiology resident doctor, Dhruv Sharma, who was resting in his room in Sion hospital’s barrack. The old barracks are used to house resident doctors working at the hospitals. A renovation was undertaken only after the accident.
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