Gokul Ashtami festivities turned into a nightmare for Dattatray Salonke (30) when he fell off a human pyramid trying to get to a dahi handi on Thursday.
Fighting for his life, Salonke is at KEM Hospital’s intensive care unit on a life support system. Civic-run hospitals saw a string of revellers making their way to the casualty wards nursing bruised knees, broken arms and disappointed faces. By 9.30 pm, 273 govindas were brought to civic hospitals, of whom 40 were hospitalised with serious injuries and the rest released after treatment. Two of the 40 hospitalised are in a critical state.
“All the 12 patients admitted to KEM Hospital will need surgery. Most of those treated received head injuries, while some had hand and leg fractures,” said a hospital official. “As for Solanke, we can take a call on his surgery only once his condition stabilises.”
“Every Gokul Ashtami, we see several injuries, some of which lead to permanent disabilities. Youths should be more cautious,” said Dr R.N. Rananavare, dean of Nair Hospital, which treated 15 people with minor injuries. Hospitals also received spinal injury cases. “Most of the patients admitted have minor injuries; none of them are critical,” said an official at Sion Hospital.