Mumbra building collapse survivor gives up the fight

Published: 01 November, 2013 07:24 IST | Richa Pinto |

A month after being admitted to hospital, Sameera Quazi suffered multiple organ failure owing to septicaemia, and breathed her last on Wednesday

Afater battling to live for over a month in the hospital, the lone survivor of the Banoo building collapse in Mumbra, finally breathed her last on Wednesday. Sameera Quazi, who was inside the building when it came down on September 21, struggled to live ever since the day (Mumbra building collapse: 27-yr-old lone survivor struggles to live on’, October 22). In the end, she was living with the aid of machines a pipe inserted in her throat helped her breathe. Doctors said she finally succumbed after suffering from multiple organ failure.

Sameera Quazi
During her last days at the hospital, Sameera’s condition deteriorated to such an extent that a pipe was inserted in her throat to help her breathe

Dr Ibrahim Choughle, medical director of Kalsekar Hospital, who was treating Quazi said, “The cause of her death is multiple organ failure due to septicaemia. Her left leg also required to be amputate below the knee. Just once during her stay did she regain consciousness, but was completely unaware of the fact that she had lost her husband in the crash.”

Mumbra building collapse

Dr Choughle added, “Since the day she was brought to the hospital, she was put on the ventilator, as her condition was very critical. She was living with the aid of several machines and a pipe was inserted in her throat to help her breathe. We had removed her from the ventilator at one point, as she showed signs of improvement, but had to put her back on it, after her condition deteriorated. From then on, things just went downhill for her.” Hospital staff added that from the day she had been admitted to the hospital, Quazi was in a vegetative state, owing to which cops weren’t able to take her statement.

The incident
On September 21, around 7.30 am, Banoo building at Mumbra collapsed. Unlike the previous two building collapses in Mumbra, where the residents did not have enough time to escape from their building, the structure developed evident cracks, which alerted the residents and they fled, reducing the toll. However, the 27-year-old’s husband Haneef Quazi ran back inside the collapsing building to get his passport. He went inside, got trapped and died of suffocation.

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