Man slides on water ride at Thane amusement park, lands in hospital

Vikas Gangawane was on a slide when a youngster crashed into him rendering him critically injured

An attempt to seek respite from the scorching heat by visiting a water park turned out to be a painful affair for Vikas Gangawane, as the 41-year-old sustained severe abdominal injuries at Tikuji-Ni-Wadi, an amusement park in Thane.

Vikas Gangawane had gone toTikuji-Ni-Wadi with his wife, Milan, and son, Sai
Vikas Gangawane had gone toTikuji-Ni-Wadi with his wife, Milan, and son, Sai 

The accident happened as a youngster crashed into him while on one of the rides at the park. Following the incident on May 20, Gangawane's wife and eight-year-old son took him to the Thane Civil Hospital in a rickshaw as the park authorities didn't have an ambulance to transport him.

They didn't even offer adequate medical assistance and instead, sprayed a pain relief spray on her husband, alleged Vikas's wife, Milan. The family reached the hospital at 2.30 pm and on checking the ultrasound scan, the doctors pronounced Vikas as "critical", explaining that he ended up lacerating his large intestine and that there was an accumulation of fluids in his abdomen.

Gangawane was shifted to KEM Hospital the same evening, where he was admitted in the emergency ward of the hospital. He was operated on the next day and the abdominal surgery left him with 25 stitches. Gangawane, who works as a social worker, continues to remain hospitalised.

Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM Hospital said that the patient's condition is stable after the operation and he is recuperating well. "The patient was suffering from pneumoretroperitoneum, which is caused by presence of gas in the abdominal cavity. Hence we had to operate on him next morning. He is stable now," said Supe.

The incident took place when Gangawane, along with wife Milan (39) and son, Sai went to Tikuji-Ni-Wadi. At around 1pm, the family went on a water ride with slides which ended at a common pool. Although Vikas was dropped into the pool safely, within seconds another youngster followed him at lightning speed and hit him.

"We didn't even realise what happened. The man came sliding fast, right after Vikas and hit him. Within moments we realised that his legs had crashed into my husband's abdomen and that he was in immense pain. I pulled him out of the pool and called for help," said Milan.

Allegedly, the security guards, who were standing by the pool, had no clue about the incident and were busy talking among themselves. They didn't warn Vikas to move away from the slide once in the pool, either.

The surgery cost the Gangawane family around Rs 25,000 till now. "We paid Rs 2,000 as entry fee to have a nice family outing at the park and ended up suffering. Amusement parks need to ensure that they have proper security guidelines as well as a post-trauma arrangement in place to avoid or attend to such accidents.

I wish my husband gets well soon," said Milan. As the corporate office remain closed over the weekend, no official coult be contacted.

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