A week after dahi handi celebrations, 24-year-old Shashikant Mane, who fell off a human pyramid on August 29, died on Thursday morning even as another govinda, Sunil Wangade, 21, continued to battle for life in KEM Hospital.
Mane had fallen off the fourth tier of a pyramid at a Thane
mandal, and was admitted with quadriplegia.
The after-effects of dahi handi celebrations came back to haunt the city a week after the festival as Shashikant Mane, who fell off a human pyramid on August 29, died on Thursday morning and another govinda continues to battle for life.
A dahi handi enthusiast, Mane had been participating in the celebrations for more than five years.
Last Thursday, he fell off the fourth tier of a pyramid at a Thane mandal, severely injuring his spinal cord, and was admitted to KEM Hospital, Parel, with quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs).
Mane stayed with his brother and sister-in-law in Nalasopara. Satyajeet Morya, a close friend of his, said Mane’s engagement was to be held later this month at his native place.
“He was to go to Mahad district, where his parents reside, for his engagement. Instead, we are now taking his body there for cremation,” said Morya.
Doctors said that Mane died of terminal cardiopulmonary failure as a result of severe oedema (swelling due to fluid accumulation) in the spinal cord. “Such patients have a high risk of developing respiratory failure. Mane was doing well after the surgery, but his condition suddenly deteriorated,” said a doctor from KEM.
Mane worked in a private firm in Goregoan. “We usually break handis in Vasai-Virar region; this was the first time we went to Thane following an invitation. He [Mane] was a jovial and helpful person,” said Morya.
Sunil Wangade, 21, who also fell off a pyramid, is battling for life at the hospitals’ intensive care unit. “He sustained severe head injury and is paralysed His condition is critical,” said a doctor from KEM.
The number of govindas injured this Janmashtami was around six times the number last year. “Govindas between the second and fourth layer of the pyramid are usually the worstaffected.
In a study conducted in 2010, we found that 82% of the govindas were injured when people from an upper layer fell on them,” said Dr Pradip Nemade, assistant professor orthopaedic department, KEM Hospital.
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