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Two of the injured critical, but stable

Two of the 76 injured in Wednesday's Delhi High Court blast continue to remain critical in the intensive care unit of Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. Rhythma Kaul reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 12, 2011 00:19 IST
Rhythma Kaul

Two of the 76 injured in Wednesday's Delhi High Court blast continue to remain critical in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

Rattan Lal Shroff, 58, whose both legs have been amputated and Mridul Buxi, 34, who suffered a serious head injury that formed a clot in his brain—apart from multiple fractures in legs and stomach perforation—are being closely monitored. “There has been no improvement or deterioration in their condition. They are critical but stable,” said a senior doctor.

A total of 56 injured had been brought to the hospital, of which 23 are still undergoing treatment. Two have undergone amputations of lower limbs and about five people are being closely monitored for amputation. Nine were brought dead and four died while undergoing treatment.

Three seriously injured people were referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences' (AIIMS) Trauma Centre. "We offered to share their patient load as most of the people from the blast site were rushed to RML. We have a fully equipped set-up ever ready to manage such mass casualty cases. So, we asked them to transfer some patients," said Dr MC Misra, chief of the trauma centre.

One of the three victims transferred to AIIMS, Vipin Kumar Gautam, 52, had to undergo amputation of the left leg on Friday. Post surgery, however, Gautam is stable and making a smooth recovery though his family and friends feel his limb could have been saved.

"He was transferred to AIIMS 30 hours after the incident. He required micro-vascular surgery and if he had been operated in time, the outcome may have been different," said Rahul Gupta, his friend.

The other two patients who were transferred include BK Thakur, 60, a yoga instructor who has reportedly trained former Prime Minister IK Gujral, and Deepak Kumar, 30. Both need their wounds to heal before they are operated upon for fractured leg bones. "Both can't be operated till these wounds heal. It may take a couple of weeks," said Dr Misra.