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Kin allege lack of ICU bed led to car crash victim's death

A 35-year-old woman who had sustained grievous injuries after a BMW rammed into an autorickshaw in which she was travelling on Thursday, succumbed to her injuries yesterday.

Mobin Zahira Sayyed had suffered severe head trauma after a BMW driven by Aarti Shetty crashed into the rickshaw in the wee hours of Thursday on the Sion-Panvel highway (‘Drink-driving leaves 4 injured’, November 2).

Mobin’s relatives alleged that lack of availability of an ICU bed at the KEM Hospital, where she was admitted, had caused her death.

After the crash, the four injured including Mobin, were rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital.

However, Mobin was soon transferred to KEM, as Rajawadi lacked necessary facilities for the surgery. Her family alleged that before she was transferred, completion of formalities took more than three hours. They added that lack of cardiac ambulance at Rajawadi further delayed her transfer to KEM.

According to one of the neurosurgeons at KEM, when Mobin was brought to the hospital, her condition was critical as she had suffered internal bleeding and also had a clot in her brain.

Her family alleged that soon after the surgery, doctors put Mobin, who was on a ventilator in the emergency ward rather ICU.

Ali Razza, one of Mobin’s sons, said, “After the surgery, the doctors wanted to shift her to the ICU but there was no bed available. They tried contacting Sion, Nair and JJ Hospital to check if an ICU bed was available, but to no avail. Doctors then put her in the emergency ward, which eventually led to her death on Friday early morning.”

Hospital says
Dr Sandhya Kamath, dean of KEM Hospital, confirmed that there was a lack of ICU beds. She said, “Though there were no free beds available in the ICU, we ensured that Mobin was provided with all the facilities in the emergency ward.”

One of the senior doctors at KEM rubbished the allegations saying, “There is no difference between a patient put in an ICU bed and emergency ward. Equal medical attention is provided to all critical medical cases. It is merely a difference of room.”

Meanwhile, a senior doctor from Rajawadi said, “We did not have an ambulance facility so we had to call for a private ambulance with cardiac facilities. This could have led to a delay in transferring the patient.”

Other injured
Aarti Shetty, the driver of the BMW, suffered a collarbone injury and was admitted to Sushrut Hospital. Mobin’s son Mohammed Raza had to get 13 stitches to his head and also fracture his left leg. Naseer Hussain (30), the autorickshaw driver also bore sustained injuries to back of his head and his lower back. Rajawadi doctors discharged Naseer and asked his relatives to admit him to KEM. But doctors at KEM refused to admit him saying that his reports where normal.  

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