Dombivli blast: Locals queue up to donate blood

Till Thursday afternoon, five hospitals in Dombivli — Shivam, Icon, Neptune, Shastrinagar and Asian Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) — had sent request for reserving blood units at Dombivli’s three blood banks

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published: May 27, 2016 2:07 am
Four persons were killed and over around 120 injured in a major blast at a chemical plant Probace Enterprises in Dombivali, around 41km from Mumbai, on Thursday morning.The adjoining Herbert Brown plant also suffered heavy damages. The blast was so powerful that it also damaged nearby factories and shattered window panes in residential apartments in the locality. Express photos by Deepak Joshi , 26th May 2016. A blast victim in hospital. Express photos by Deepak Joshi

As the number of injured reached 105 within hours after blast, the worrisome situation of severe blood shortage in the five hospitals treating the injured soon turned around, with hundreds lining outside blood banks to donate blood.

“Over 300 people must have come to donate blood. The center is used to maximum 50 units donation each day. Today, with so many donors, employees don’t know how to manage,” said volunteer Nikhilesh Pandit, who was coordinating at Plasma Blood bank, the area’s largest center.

Till Thursday afternoon, five hospitals in Dombivli — Shivam, Icon, Neptune, Shastrinagar and Asian Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) — had sent request for reserving blood units at Dombivli’s three blood banks. “Since summer holidays are on, there are fewer collection drives. Our stock was not enough,” an employee from Plasma Blood Bank said.

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At Seva blood bank in Dombivli East, AIMS and Shivam hospital had requested for blood units. “The maximum demand was for A+ blood group,” an employee from the blood bank said. By evening, after word spread, 50 donors had lined outside the blood bank to help out.

By Thursday night, eight patients remained admitted at Icon hospital, 19 at Shivam, 28 at AIMS, four at Neptune and 15 at government-run Shastrinagar Hospital.

“The victims have sustained multiple fractures and head injuries. In several cases, glass shards have pierced the body parts, which has led to blood loss. We may not immediately require blood, but it will be needed for surgeries soon,” said Dr Vipin Dubey from Icon.

“Since there are not many blood banks, and hospitals do not have capacity for many units, we knew we would urgently need donations. We started circulating the message in the morning,” said Anurag Pandey, a volunteer.

By late afternoon, as the message got viral on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook, locals had started pouring in at Plasma centre. By evening, several had also approached Seva and Chidanand blood banks. By night, the bank continued to function and collect blood, reserving it for surgeries that may be required in the coming days.

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