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Radiation leak victim’s bone marrow severely damaged, transplant likely

delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2010 23:32 IST
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Indraprastha Apollo hospital, where Deepak Jain, one of the radiation exposure victims, is admitted in a critical state, will offer the treatment for free.

“Apollo administration has assured us nothing will be billed to the family as part of the hospital’s contribution,” Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia told HT.

“The government is also willing to bear the cost of treatment. Those admitted into AIIMS anyway are being treated free of cost.”

Deepak Jain, the owner of the scrap shop in Mayapuri, where the radioactive source, Cobalt60, was found is undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Apollo hospital since April 4.

According to the hospital sources, Jain suffered a substantial amount of damage due exposure to the radiation.

The official release from the hospital claimed Jain’s bone marrow was significantly suppressed, making his condition critical.

Apollo doctors have been working in tandem with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre experts who are guiding his treatment. To boost his immunity, doctors were contemplating making Jain undergo a bone marrow transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

But, K.K. Jain, his brother-in-law, said, “For the time being, he won’t be shifted to AIIMS for the bone marrow transplant.”

A doctor treating him, who did not wish to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said, “Bone marrow transplant is a very rare requirement, and there’s no need for it at the moment.”

Four of Jain’s workers — Ram Jeevan, Ram Kalap, Rajinder and Gorakh, and another shopowner in the area, Himanshu Jain — are undergoing treatment at AIIMS.

Though the condition of all four is serious, two of them— Rajinder and Himanshu — are in a critical state with their platelet counts dipping below 10,000. For a healthy person, the count is around 1,50,000.

“They have been kept under observation, and we are monitoring their platelet count every eight hours,” said a doctor.

“Whatever best medical care is to be given is being given. Such cases take time to recover,” Kiran Walia said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Sharad Aggarwal, said, “Investigations into the matter are underway.”