A 19-year-old boy, who was injured in the stampede on a foot overbridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station, underwent surgery on his femur bone at the KEM hospital Monday afternoon.
Akash Parab, who lives in Vikhroli, was among the 39 injured admitted at the hospital on September 29 after rains and peak-hour rush triggered a stampede on the foot overbridge that connects the Elphinstone Road railway station on the Western line with the station at Parel on the Central line. His younger brother Rohit (11) was among the 23 people killed.
Akash and Rohit were returning from the Parel market after buying flowers they planned to sell at their father’s shop in Vikhroli for Dussehra when they were caught in the stampede. Akash, who was holding his brother’s hand tightly, lost grip and was buried under several people. He sustained fractures in his leg and below the hip bone. “He is stable. The surgery was to support the femur bone,” said Dr Avinash Supe. According to his father Ankush Parab, a rod was put in his thigh for support. “He will require a few more days of hospitalisation,” he said.
Akash lost his footwear and a bag full of flowers he had purchased in the stampede. When he first met his parents, he told them about it. “It cost us Rs 2,000,” he said. He was, however, not aware of his brother’s death at the time.
For the parents, the loss of their younger son has been devastating. Rohit was declared brought dead at the KEM hospital’s casualty ward on September 29. Ankita, the mother of the two boys, said Akash was informed of Rohit’s death much later. “We are only focusing on Akash’s recovery now,” Ankita said.
Five more patients were discharged from KEM’s orthopedic department on Monday. Some of the injured remained admitted in the hospital, being treated for fractures and minor injuries. “We conducted a few cases of re-plastering today for those with fractures,” said Dr Supe.
Some patients sustained chest injuries and limb fractures. “In the coming days, everyone will be discharged,” Dr Supe said.
Doctors said six patients required medication to sleep peacefully after showing signs of trauma-induced sleeplessness. Doctors from the psychiatry department will counsel patients to help them overcome the trauma. Several of the injured were buried among the dead for a long time till they were pulled out. Doctors said a special team will talk to each patient to identify those who need psycho-social support.