A day for cracked pots and broken bones

Aug 11, 2012, 07:10 IST | Priyanka Dhomse and Anuradha Varanasi

Over 150 people were treated for minor and major injuries after yesterday's dahi handi celebrations, with many sustaining fractures and head injuries

While the thousands in attendance across the city cheered the govindas forming the human pyramids yesterday, the same number of people witnessed several of the attempted pyramids collapsing like dominos.

Fall from grace: A man outside KEM hospital after receiving treatment for head injuries.

MiD DAY checked the situation at various civic hospitals where the injured were being treated. At KEM hospital, a special unit was formed with help from a local mandal called Ravindra Bhosle Mitra Mandal to provide quick relief to the injured govindas.

Ganesh Mitra Mandal, Govinda
A 12-year-old boy from Ganesh Mitra Mandal who fractured his leg leaving KEM hospital. Pics/Datta Kumbhar

Sources in KEM hospital said they had kept a team of 60 to 70 members at their casualty ward mainly to look after those who sustained injuries. Official figures as of Friday evening stated that 155 govindas were injured during the day’s festivities.

twisted arm
A 13-year-old boy twisted his left arm after falling from the third level of the human pyramid.

The injured began pouring in at 11 am, when around 41 injured govindas came to KEM, of which three had received head injuries and five had sustained multiple fractures. They were later admitted to the orthopedic ward with no serious injuries.

Rajawadi hospital for a fractured left arm
A boy being treated at Rajawadi hospital for a fractured left arm

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had promised to treat patients whose medical expenses are within Rs 15,000. X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans were being provided to the injured for free. “As per the orders from the civic body, we were supposed to give free treatment to the injured govindas,” said Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM hospital.

Meanwhile at Nair hospital in Tardeo, 17 persons were treated for minor injuries and discharged immediately. On the eastern suburbs, 11 people were admitted at Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar and 19 were taken to Sion hospital.

Nine boys were sent to Rajawadi hospital after they suffered injuries while participating in dahi handi celebrations. Out of these, 4 were admitted after suffering from head injuries and fractures.

Meanwhile 19 boys were brought to Sion hospital out of which 14 patients had been admitted by evening. Ashutosh Dalvi (10), a Chembur resident suffered a head injury. “I was on the fourth row, at the top when a foreigner tried to take a photo of us. I was blinded by the flash and slipped and fell on my back.”

Rajesh Wankhade (13), a Dharavi resident, fractured his arm and wrist when he lost his balance and fell from the second row. He was admitted to Sion hospital.

In a freak accident, 22-year-old Aditya Kawande a resident of the Mahim railway colony was electrocuted while climbing up an electric pole to tie the dahi handi on Friday morning.

He was admitted to the surgical ward of Bhabha hospital, Bandra in a critical condition, after suffering 60 per cent burns. Dr SS Poyekar, medical superintendent of Rajawadi hospital said, “Nine boys have been treated at Rajawadi.

Most of them suffered from blunt trauma while four of them have been admitted to the hospital as they have sustained fractures to their left arm, while another may have a concussion.”

Dr Deepak Joshi, associate professor of Sion hospital said, “Fourteen patients, all of them male, have been admitted in Sion Hospital. Ten of them have been admitted in the surgery ward, while the other four will not require surgery.” 

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