Heart condition,shock may have affected girl’s chances of survival

Doctors at the private hospital where an 18-year-old girl died after a car crash on Saturday morning have reportedly told the victim’s parents that an existing cardiac condition and panic at her injuries may have hit her chances of survival.

Written by Megha Sood | Published: April 2, 2012 3:30 am

Doctors at the private hospital where an 18-year-old girl died after a car crash on Saturday morning have reportedly told the victim’s parents that an existing cardiac condition and panic at her injuries may have hit her chances of survival. Shivani Rawat,who succumbed to her injuries after the crash,was conscious when she was wheeled into the hospital,where she told doctors that she’d had a cardiac surgery a few years ago.

According to Audrey,a close friend of Shivani,the doctors told her parents that the girl may have seen her injuries and lost hope. “The doctor told Shivani’s father that when she saw blood flowing from her head,she was in shock,” said Audrey.

Rawat was killed and five of her friends and an auto driver were injured in the mishap. At the wheel of the Hyundai Getz was Rahul Mishra (23) who sustained minor injuries. He was later arrested and booked for negligence leading to death. Investigators said Mishra’s medical report confirmed he had consumed alcohol. A chemical analysis report of his blood sample is awaited to determine the quantity of alcohol in his blood.

The accident happened at 2.15 am near the SNDT College in Santacruz. Rawat,who worked for an event management firm,sustained multiple internal injuries; while Krishna Mani Thewar (23),Priyanka Rai (20) and Nimisha Mane (19),were battling for life in hospital. The group of friends had been enjoying en evening out at the Royalty pub in Bandra before the accident. Mishra is in police custody till April 4.

According to friends and relatives of Shivani,she was conscious when she was rushed to Cooper Hospital,from where she was moved to Asha Parekh Hospital around 4 am.

Mahendra Singh Rawat,Shivani’s father,also told the Santacruz police that his duaghter had an open-heart surgery a few years ago. Madhukar Chaudhari,senior inspector,said her father told them her injuries did not appear critical and her heart condition may have worsened the situation. Chaudhari added that Shivani’s blood pressure was dropping and her pulse was irregular. She suffered major blood loss from injuries to the left of her head.

Shivani,who appeared for her Std XII board exam privately,gave her name to the police,who mistook her last name to be Rao instead of Rawat. “Since the LIC Colony where she stayed is large,it took time to locate the house,” said a friend of Shivani’s.

Rawat,an LIC agent,could not speak about the incident. “They cremated Shivani on Saturday evening,” said Audrey.

Other friends of Shivani said they too were headed to Royalty pub on Friday night but changed their mind eventually. Rahul’s brother Prashant reportedly told some common friends that Shivani was seated a friend’s lap in the cramped car,because of which she suffered severe injuries.

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