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Body of TB victim found at JJ

Unidentified woman was discovered behind the hospital's pharmacology department on Friday, and post mortem results revealed that she was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis
 
A week after the state allotted a whopping Rs 1.5 crore to the civic body to aid its efforts in controlling the rising incidence of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Mumbai, the decomposed body of a 45-year-old patient of TB was found lying inside the JJ hospital compound on Friday night. Authorities have confirmed that she was not being treated for the disease at the hospital.


Body of proof: On Friday night, a hospital employee started tracing the
source of the foul stench being emitted from behind the hospital's
pharmacology department wing, and found the body. The area behind

the building is secluded, and vegetated


Her medical condition was only revealed after the discovery of her body, in course of the post mortem examination. Cops from the JJ Marg police station are trying to establish the woman's identity.

The revelation that she had TB has sent hospital authorities into a tizzy, wondering if the woman had come to the hospital seeking treatment, but died before it could be administered to her.

Dr T P Lahane, dean of JJ hospital, said, "Noticing that a foul smell was emanating from a spot in our compound, we immediately informed the police, and they are now investigating the matter. She was not our patient."

Foul stench
On Friday night, a hospital employee started tracing the source of the foul stench being emitted from behind the hospital's pharmacology department wing. This led him to the body. The area behind the building is secluded, and covered with a dense thicket.

Forensic experts who have conducted the post mortem have ascertained that she might have died at least four-five days prior to the discovery of her body.

"The woman was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, and her viscera has been sent for clinical and histopathological examination, which will help us find what stage of TB she was suffering from. The body has no external injuries, so we suspect that the medical condition may have led to her death," said a doctor, requesting anonymity.

The police have found a few sheets of paper near the body, as well as the locket bearing the image of a religious leader that was tied with a black thread around her neck.
 
"She was wearing clothes commonly donned by women of the Bohra community, and also a locket with the image of a religious leader. We are

using these leads to trace her identity and whereabouts. We have registered a case of accidental death," said Suresh Patil from JJ Marg police station.

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