The fire at Bhubaneswar’s SUM Hospital has claimed 21 victims so far, the latest on Wednesday. Some of them were due for discharge that very day or the next, at least one died during dialysis, while a young woman patient was planning for her wedding when the fire struck.
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PADMINI DEHURI, 24, of Keonjhar’s Kadagada village would have got married in the next few months. She was the only daughter of a daily wager who owned some agricultural land. After she fell ill last month, her father sold his paddy and family jewellery and mortgaged his bullock and agricultural land in lieu of Rs 1.8 lakh, members of the family said on TV. Doctors had reportedly told her parents that she would be discharged Tuesday. It was her body that body reached home that morning.
LINGARAJ RAUL, 65, of Chhatrapur, Ganjam, had been admitted on October 15. When the fire started, guards drove patients’ relatives out; Lingaraj’s son Tripati said he was one of them. An hour later, the Lingaraj’s body was taken out. He was a small farmer.
She was ready to leave
SUKANTI SAHU of Belapada, Jatani, had just undergone dialysis for her damaged kidneys Monday evening and would have left for home in a few hours. Her husband Rabindra Sahu had stepped out when the fire started. Through the night, Rabindra and Sahu his daughter went from hospital to hospital until they found Sukanti’s body at the morgue of Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar. “SUM Hospital people killed my wife,” Rabindra Sahu said.
A day before discharge
P KALYANI PATRO, 60, was a widow living in Kabisuryanagar, Ganjam. Unwell for some time, she was treated in government hospitals before being moved to SUM Hospital on October 12. Taken out of the ICU, she would have been discharged on October 18, the day after the fire. Her son Saroj alleged guards did not allow him to enter. He found his mother at Capital Hospital at 3 am.
Ahead of surgery
RAJANI PATRA, 40, of Banapur in Khurda district,was being treated at SUM Hospital’s medicine ICU since October 10 for a tumour in the stomach. She was to be operated on the next day. At 7.20 pm when the fire started, her husband Laxmidhar and son Amol asked guards to take her out of ICU but they were pushed out, they alleged. Two hours later, Rajani was brought out through a broken window and then taken to Bhubaneswar’s AMRI Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.
ASHOK SAHU, 45, of Samantarapur, Bhubaneswar, was suffering from renal failure. He was was undergoing dialysis at the hospital Monday evening when the fire broke out. His brother Padmanabha said his requests to take him out were rejected. The body was later found in Capital Hospital Bhubaneswar.
SULOCHANA PARIDA, 80, of Patakura, of Raghunathpur village of Kendrapara district, had been admitted to the hospital on October 10 with a heart ailment. She was in the medicine ICU. When she was brought to the ground floor, she was already dead. Her family alleged said the staff, para-medical workers and even doctors deserted the medicine ICU out of panic, leaving behind the patients.
In queue for dialysis
Nimai Charan Nayak, 70, was from Bhubnaeswar. Suffering from renal failure, he had come for dialysis with his brother Bhagaban. He was waiting for the dialysis when the fire started near the dialysis ward. He died within minutes of inhaling the smoke.
The 21st victim
JANAKI HUI, 65, of Jaleswar in Balasore district, died Wednesday at Bhubaneswar AIIMS, where she had been admitted the previous day. Still breathing after the fire, Hui was initially admitted to a private hospital without the knowledge of her attendants. Her family tried to trace her for at least six hours after the accident before locating her. Her son held the SUM Hospital authorities responsible for her death.
The other 12
Manaswani Sarangi, Lochana Barala, Prasanna Tripathy, Latika Das, Md Zakir Hussein, Nagendra Nath Sur, P Tribeni Nayak, Bhagyadhara Behera, Jogendra Das (Begunia), Md Hassan, Shailbala Sasmal, Harihara Malla.
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