Alcohol pushes man over the edge

Jan 21, 2013, 08:14 IST | Anup Satphale

The 55-yr-old was receiving treatment for alcoholic liver disease at Sassoon Hospital; medical superintendent says it is likely he was getting out to have a drink when he fell to his death

Liquor led to Sopan Yapaji Marne’s downfall, and the statement is true in more ways than one. The 55-year-old, who was admitted at Sassoon General Hospital because of alcoholic liver disease, died yesterday morning after falling off the second floor while trying to escape. Sources say the desire for a drink could have led to the victim to take such a risk.

No escape: Sopan Yapaji Marne was admitted at Sassoon General Hospital on January 17 and was suffering from alcoholic liver disease. Early yesterday morning, he went to the bathroom, (right, circled) bent the bar on the window, and went outside. File pic

Marne was a resident of Rambaug colony, Kothrud. “He was admitted here on January 17 and was suffering from alcoholic liver disease. Early yesterday morning, he went to the bathroom, bent the bar on the window and went outside,” said DG Kulkarni, medical superintendent.

According to hospital workers, Marne was alone and no relatives were present with him. Confirming this, Kulkarni added, “Our staff said he was restless since the previous evening and was traipsing in the ward.”

SB Nikam, inspector (crime) of Bund Garden police station, said, “He was trying to escape — he bent the bar of the window, went outside and tried to slide down the drainage pipe. However, he probably lost his grip and fell. Doctors declared him dead after he was brought to the casualty ward. Following post-mortem, his body was handed over to his brother. We have registered a case of accidental death.”

According to hospital sources, Marne had been admitted there once before. “As per his previous history, he was not mentally ill, but was acting anxious according to our staffers. Chances are he was feeling uneasy because of not getting alcohol for many days,” Kulkarni concluded.

Past incidents
August 2012: A mentally ill person, Sachin Repote, jumped to his death off Sassoon Hospital’s second floor. He was admitted there for gastroenteritis. Sassoon authorities said they were unaware of his mental state.

August 2008: Twenty-seven-year-old Asha Sathe committed suicide by jumping off the third floor of the hospital. 

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