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2 months in coma,NCC cadet Parag’s parents want him shifted to AIIMS

Complain of lack of specialised treatment,hygiene at Command Hospital.

Complain of lack of specialised treatment,hygiene at Command Hospital.

Desperate to have their son back,parents of 14-year-old NCC cadet Parag Ingle,who has been in coma for almost two months now,wants him shifted to a bigger hospital to ensure better medical facilities. They complain that the treatment at the Command Hospital,where he was admitted after the accidental firing by the cadet’s trainer,is not enough and that chances of infection here is higher than any big hospital.

But,doctors at the Command Hospital say that he is getting the best of treatment. Interestingly,the hospital’s Commandant Major General V Ravishankar remarked that he will fare better if shifted to a ward from the ICU where he is currently being kept. However,the boy’s parents did not agree with him being shifted to a ward.

Parag’s parents,who have refused to leave the hospital premises ever since he was admitted to the hospital,complain of lack of specialised treatment there and want Parag to be moved to AIIMS or any other hospital with better facilities.

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Meanwhile, Major General Ravishankar says his team of doctors is planning on another surgery on the cadet. “Parag is still in ICU. We are planning to conduct another surgery next week to re-attach a part of his skull bone that was earlier removed. He is breathing on his own,but apart from that there has not been much change,” Ravishankar said

However,Ingle’s parents are concerned that the hospital is not doing enough. “For the past one month,he has had fever above 102 degrees. The doctors keep on giving him antibiotics and wrapping him up with wet bedsheets. But there has been no improvement. Once he even had a temperature of 108 degrees. One medical officer told us there are chances that he has developed a chest infection,” said Devendra Ingle,Parag’s father,who is a sub-engineer with the Pune Municipal Corporation.

To make matters worse,his parents even think that the method of treatment has been wrong in Ingle’s case. “Some days ago,the head of the neurology department told us that in allopathy,there is no treatment for him anymore,” said Devendra Ingle,Parag’s father. “He suggested we try ayurveda or homeopathy treatment. But he said even that may take many years to have its effect on Parag.

“But he did say that they are providing Parag with the best that is available at the hospital,” added Ingle.

Reacting to the neurologist’s remark quoted by Parag’s father,Ravishankar said,“I do not know what Dr Pathak said,but in a case,where a bullet has entered a patient’s brain,allopathy is the best way to treat. We,in Command Hospital,are trying to give the best possible treatment. A miracle cannot be expected in cases of brain injury.”

“We understand that a miracle won’t happen and he won’t get up in a single day and be our old Parag again. But all this treatment should have some effect on him,” Devendra Ingle,the boy’s father. “Malala Yousafzai was shot with an AK-47 in the head and now she has started going to school. This is what good treatment can do to patients. But Parag is still where he was a month ago. It is negligence on the part of NCC that my son got shot. It is their responsibility that my son gets the best treatment. All we want is him to be shifted to one of the bigger hospitals like AIIMS or wherever better treatment is available,” he added.

On February 1,Parag had gone to the NCC Group headquarters on Senapati Bapat Road,along with 46 fellow students of Loyola School. NCC instructor Amod Anil Ghanekar (27) was training cadets to fire a 0.22 rifle when the incident happened.

Four students,including Parag Ingle,got down in position to fire,while the trainer stood behind them. Ghanekar,who did not have the authority or a gun licence,handled the loaded rifle negligently and it went off.

Apparently,Ingle got up and the bullet hit his head. Parag’s parents,however,are of the view that whatever Ghanekar did was a mistake.

Ghanekar was booked under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code and is currently out on bail. “We have sent the rifle in question for a ballistic test in Mumbai. We will file the charge-sheet against Ghanekar as soon as the report from experts comes,” senior police inspector Manohar Joshi said.

Reluctant to get into the trainer’s case,Parag’s mother Sadhana Ingle said,“We do not care what happens to Ghanekar. All we want is our son to recover. But with the prevalent hygienic conditions in the ICU,we think Parag may be at a risk of infection.

“The hospital staff doesn’t put on any cover on their shoes when they enter his room. We are not complaining about lack of medicine or attention,but they are very lax about hygiene. Even the pantry has cockroaches roaming around. At present,infection is what may cause maximum damage to Parag. If the staff is not careful about these things,then there is high risk of infection to my son,” she said.

Incidentally,when Newsline visited the ICU and pantry,the conditions described by Sadhana Ingle was found to be true.

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Reacting to these allegations,Ravishankar remarked,“Wearing boots without cover is not allowed. But it is possible that some staff may go inside without them. We can not patrol hospital rooms every minute of the day. We have suggested that Parag be moved to a ward. But his parents have refused to allow that. Parag has more chances of contracting an infection in the ICU than in the wards. After the surgery next week,we will move him to another ICU in the neurology department. We regularly do pest control and are very particular about the quality of food. So,we do not think that we are lax in hygiene.”