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Mayapuri radiation patient shifted out of Apollo hospital

delhi Updated: Apr 28, 2010 00:19 IST
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Deepak Jain, 31, one of the eight radiation exposure victims in the Capital, will be shifted to Army Research and Referral (R&R) hospital near Delhi Cantt on Wednesday morning.

He is presently undergoing treatment at New Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo hospital.

Jain, who was admitted in the intensive care unit at Apollo on April 4 after he showed symptoms of radiation exposure, is the owner of the Mayapuri scrap shop from where the radioactive source, Cobalt-60, was found on April 13.

“He is still critical. There has not been much improvement in his condition,” said a source in the Apollo hospital.

Sources at R&R, who did not want to be named, said the hospital was keeping itself ready in case there is a requirement for a bone marrow transplant.

“We will be ready with all our investigations for any eventuality,” said a senior doctor at the hospital on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has also conducted an HLA profiling — a test required to match the bone marrow of a person before transplant — of all the four radiation victims admitted in the hospital.

Radiation exposure per se doesn’t require bone marrow transplant, as it has its side effects. “Though none of them requires a transplant as of now, we are ready with all the investigations,” said Dr D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent (MS), AIIMS New Delhi.

According to the doctors, requirement for a bone marrow transplant has its specific indications; the lymphocyte count should drop below 200.

“In their case it is around 2000, and they are being managed conservatively,” Dr Sharma said.