Hours before he breathed his last in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), he desired to meet his family, which the doctors allowed. Rattan Lal Shroff (64), who got seriously injured in the Delhi High Court blast, succumbed to injuries on Saturday morning. Shroff became the 15th life claimed by the blast.
A resident of Model Town in north Delhi, Shroff, a commission agent in cloth trade, was in a critical state after he received severe injuries in both his legs and chest in the blast on September 7. Doctors had to amputate both his legs as the blood vessels were damaged beyond repair and extended amputation was performed later on him to stop the infection from spreading.
Despite all the efforts and prayers, Shroff finally lost the fight against life on Saturday morning at 8.20 am. "We had put him on strong antibiotics. The infection was spreading within his body," said a senior doctor at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, requesting anonymity.
Shroff, who was responding well to the treatment till Friday morning, died of lung infection. "He had developed severe infection in the lungs. The doctors told us on Friday night that his chances of surviving are bleak," said Deepak Shroff, Rattan Lal Shroff's son.
Shroff is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. The Shroff family lost its hopes when he stopped responding to the medical treatment on Friday night. "Earlier, he was responding through gestures. He also used to signal us that he is feeling thirsty and hungry. We couldn't feed him anything as he was being fed through veins," said Anurag Gupta, son-in-law of Shroff.
His son Deepak, a final year computer science engineering student at Kurukshetra University, said his father was at the court on September 7 for a hearing related to a personal case. "It was a property dispute that led him to the high court on that black Wednesday. The case was almost over and he had gone there just to sign papers and to fulfil other procedures," added Rajendra Goel, a friend of Shroff.
Shroff was the sole breadwinner in his family.