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Fall from 20 feet can be fatal, say city doctors

Doctors from the city’s public hospitals said that each year they see at least 50 cases of injuries, out of which, two to five patients require hospitalisation.

mumbai Updated: Aug 25, 2016 15:47 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Kakannagar Govinda mandal forming pramind lying down on the ground at Dadar, Mumbai.
Kakannagar Govinda mandal forming pramind lying down on the ground at Dadar, Mumbai.(KUNAL PATIL)

While the Supreme Court has restricted the height of Dahi Handi human pyramids to 20 feet, doctors said that a fall from this height can also be fatal.

Doctors from the city’s public hospitals said that each year they see at least 50 cases of injuries, out of which, two to five patients require hospitalisation. Last year, one death and 132 injuries were reported in these hospitals.

“Spinal and cervical fractures are the most common, followed by wrist fractures and hip dislocation. We have seen many teenagers who have become paralysed,” said Dr Shubhranshu Mohanty, orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon, KEM Hospital, Parel.

Doctors added that people who participate in the pyramid formation hardly receive more than two weeks of training, making them vulnerable to mistakes during the competition.

“These people are recreational athletes. Unlike the atmosphere during training, on the day of the celebrations, the pressure to break the handi is very high,” said Dr Harshad Argekar, orthopaedic and spine surgeon, LTMG Hospital, Sion.

“The spectators are cheering, people are splashing water. Also, the youngest in the group climbs to the top,” said Dr Argekar. Most people who sustain the injuries are in their early twenties, he said.

Many who sustain injuries are found to have consumed alcohol, said doctors from Sion hospital.

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