Mumbai Marathon: Less than 5 per cent of total runners took ill

Updated: Jan 22, 2018, 16:39 IST | Rupsa Chakraborty

Doctors at the marathon health camp express satisfaction with medical preparedness and facilities

Participants at Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 at Worli Sealink in Mumbai on Sunday. Pic/PTI
Participants at Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 at Worli Sealink in Mumbai on Sunday. Pic/PTI

More than 2,000 runners from the over 44,000 participants of the Mumbai Marathon last morning had to be given medical attention, and two serious cases - one suffering from a cardiac arrest and another from a stroke that left his left side partially paralysed - needed hospitalisation. Most cases were of muscle cramps, dehydration, minor injuries and exhaustion.

Serious collapses
Pramodsing Girase, who suffered a cardiac arrest, was first given treatment at a health camp organised by the Asian Heart Institute and later taken to Bombay Hospital.

"The participant collapsed near the end stretch. His heart had stopped. We revived him with artificial breathing, cardiac massage, and defibrillation (electric shock to revive the heart). He regained consciousness and had normal vital parameters during his transfer to Bombay Hospital," said Dr Vijay D'Silva, medical director and director of Critical Care, Asian Heart Institute. The runner who suffered from a stroke, Sukesh Kabra, was also taken to Bombay Hospital. His initial CT scan reports have come clean. "He felt disoriented after finishing the race and collapsed, the left side of his body partially paralysed. It must have happened due to electrolyte imbalance in the body. After being revived, he was taken to Bombay Hospital," said Dr D'Silva.

Treated on track
Among the minor issues, 15 runners suffered from dehydration and had to be given intravenous fluid therapy at the camp. Several were also given physiotherapy treatment. "Last four years have proven to be the safest for Mumbai Marathon. The Asian Heart Institute's medical team achieved zero per cent mortality on course and hopes to replicate this perfect score every year," said Dr Nilesh Gautam, head of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

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