Two of the blast victims admitted to Bombay hospital - Pradip Jana, 31, and Khangararam Premaji Prajapati, 45 - are in critical and lie in the same intensive care unit, both have been put on ventilators.
The father of two sons, Prajapati has suffered three major factures, one hairline facture and 30% burn injuries. “Prajapati has fractured both shin bones, the right thigh bone, and he has a hairline fracture in his left arm,” said Dr Sriram Patki, the ICU in-charge.
“He had lost a lot of blood by the time he was admitted. He is currently on ventilator and life support to maintain his blood pressure and vitals.”
Patki is hoping Prajapati will make a full recovery, but explains that he is critical as of now. “Neurologically, his brain is responding, but we have kept him on sedation so that he does not feel the severe pain he would otherwise have experienced,” the doctor said.
The other victim, Jana, who works as a goldsmith at Zaveri Bazaar, has severe burn injuries on his entire body.
The entire body and face of this bulky six-footer has been bandaged.
“He is still on ventilator so we are not bringing his wife and two-year-old son to the hospital as they will be horrified. His son is very young and will get scared,” said Palak Dalvi, Jana’s relative.
“We are waiting for him to get a little better, then we will bring his wife and son to meet him.”
There are three other blast victims in the ICU - Dhiman Beelel (24), Shabir Gufran Nagori (22) and Hitesh Shah (33) – but they are out of danger.
“One common thing among all patients is that a lot of foreign elements such as springs, metals, balls of accumulated dust have been recovered from their bodies. It likely entered the bodies due to the impact of the blast,” said Patki.