May 22, 2014 1:33:18 am
After the family of 43-year-old Sukhdeo Lalji alleged that the civic-run Kandivali Shatabdi (centenary) hospital’s X-ray machine tube fell on his back and caused his death, several patients visiting the hospital’s X-ray department were turned away on Wednesday due to the commotion that followed. Lalji was admitted to the hospital after he met with a road accident.
The hospital has a single X-ray machine which serves over 100 patients every day and has a portable machine also. However, both were kept shut as police officers and technicians were called for investigations of the main machine.
Seth was rushed to the hospital at 6.40 am after he came under the rear wheel of a BEST bus going from Borivali East to APMC market, Vashi at Kapadia road in Borivali.
While his family initially alleged that the hospital’s X-ray machine tube fell on Seth’s lower back and led to his instantaneous death, they later retracted their statement and blamed the BEST for his death.
Hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr M Budhkar, said, “The patient had injuries on his lower back. He was taken from the casualty ward to the X-ray room for a scan. When he was turned in lateral position, the X-ray tube just touched his hips. That cannot possibly lead to his death.”
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Seth’s brother-in-law Sudama Kumar said, “He was conscious when he was taken to the X-ray room. But when the tube came too low, we thought it had fallen and hit him on the spine because he died shortly after that. Now we feel may be the machine was not faulty.” Seth succumbed to his injuries at 7 am.
A doctor from the radiology department said that police was given the CCTV footage to prove that the patient was conscious after he was brought out of the X-ray room. “He probably succumbed to the spinal injuries in casualty ward,” the doctor said.
The hospital also called technicians from Allenger, company that manufactured the machine. “Even the technicians inspected and said the machine is alright,” said Budhkar.
According to a lab technician in radiology department, patients coming for an X-ray were turned away after the mishap. A security guard said, “We did not want to take any risk with the machine. So we shut down the room.” Seth’s body was taken to Bhagwati hospital in Borivali for post-mortem.
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