Car crash victim in depression after learning of friend’s death

Back home after two days of hospitalisation,Krishna Mani Thevar — one of the injured persons in the Juhu car crash — has slipped into a state of depression after learning of the death of his friend Shivani Rawat,18.

Written by Ananya Banerjee | Mumbai | Published: April 4, 2012 12:54:42 am

Back home after two days of hospitalisation,Krishna Mani Thevar (23) — one of the injured persons in the Juhu car crash — has slipped into a state of depression after learning of the death of his friend Shivani Rawat,18.

Thevar,along with five others were in the car when it crashed into a tree on early Saturday morning,killing Rawat and injuring the others. Thevar was discharged from the hospital on Monday night and has been in state of shock after his family members told him of Rawat’s death.

“We didn’t want to tell him about her death as he is still physically very weak. However,he eventually forced it out of us. He hasn’t eaten anything since last night and has only been sobbing and screaming. He seems very scared. We are going to send him to our native place in Tamil Nadu so he can get some peace of mind,” his sister Parvathy said.

Thevar was admitted to Cooper Hospital after the crash on Saturday morning. However,he was soon shifted to a private nursing home in Kalina.

“After the accident,he was vomiting a lot of blood,but none of the nurses at Cooper Hospital came forward to look after him. He wasn’t even fed properly and that is when we decided to shift him,” Parvathy said.

Relatives of another injured,Priyanka Rai (22) said it took around eight hours for the doctors at Cooper Hospital to tell them that she needed to be shifted.

“After almost eight hours of admitting her in the ICU,we were told that she needed to be shifted to another hospital as they didn’t have MRI and CT scan facilities,” Priyanka’s relative said.

Shivani Rawat,who was first taken to Cooper Hospital had to be shifted later to Nanavati Hospital where she died within a couple of hours.

“Shivani was alive when she was taken to Cooper Hospital. She was fine enough to talk to the doctors. If only she was given timely treatment instead of being forced to shift,she would have been alive today,” Shivani’s family member said.

Dr Sulabha Chirmule,superintendent at Cooper Hospital said they weren’t equipped enough to handle such emergency medical cases.

“The families wanted to shift the patients to another hospital and we did not object as Cooper Hospital does not have MRI and CT scan facilities required in such emergency cases,” Chirmule said.

Rai and Nimisha Mane (19) continue to be in a critical condition in Criticare Hospital and Nanavati hospital respectively.

“Her condition is still very serious. We have to first stabilise her health and then decide on surgery,” said Dr Sandhya Sarfare,who is treating Rai.

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