Kin donate victim’s eyes,skin

The shock at the death of 25-year-old Prateek Chedda notwithstanding,his family decided to donate his eyes and skin for the needy.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 20, 2012 2:01 am

The shock at the death of 25-year-old Prateek Chedda notwithstanding,his family decided to donate his eyes and skin for the needy. Prateek was an employee with a software firm and was on his way to work when the accident occurred.

“The day started just like any other. We had no idea that something like this could ever happen. Prateek was a nice and hard-working person. We want him to live on even after his death and are ready to go through the formalities required,” said a family member.

Bodies of two of the deceased,Chedda and Jiten Wara,were brought to Rajawadi Hospital. The third deceased victim,Ganesh Yadav’s body was taken to M T Agarwal Hospital in Mulund. While their post mortem reports are awaited,doctors said injuries to the head were the most likely reason for their deaths. “The deceased victims did not suffer many external injuries except on their heads. Their heads may have borne the impact,because of which they succumbed to their injuries,” said a doctor at Rajawadi Hospital.

Of the 12 persons who were admitted to the trauma ward at the Rajawadi Hospital,seven — mostly with fractures and bruises — were discharged within a couple of hours. However,patients complained of lack of timely and appropriate treatment by the medical staff at the hospital. The X-ray machine at the hospital was not functional,they said,as a result of which the patients had to be sent to another hospital.

“I was admitted at the hospital around 9.30 am. After almost two hours,the hospital staff told us that their X-ray machine was not working. Five of us were taken to another hospital in Vikhroli and then brought back. They haven’t even given us any food or water for over four hours,” said Rahul Singh,an injured victim.

Ten days ago,MNS member Ram Kadam led a morcha to the hospital,demanding better medical facilities to handle emergency situations.

Medical superintendent of the hospital,Dr Vijaya Bhatt,however,denied the claims,saying the X-rays were done at the hospital itself. “There was a technical glitch initially,but that was sorted out soon. The patients were scanned at Rajawadi,” Bhatt said.

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