Docs, cops bring in 220 blood donors to KEM in 2 hours

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IT were KEM doc­tors’ shouts for blood and the Mum­bai Po­lice’s tweet, ap­peal­ing the same to the public at large, that stopped the day from becoming worse for those griev­ously in­jured in the stam­pede at El­phin­stone Road sta­tion.

While rail­way em­ploy­ees were busy tak­ing the in­jured to the hos­pi­tal, doc­tors had alerted au­thor­i­ties about the acute short­age of blood at the blood bank, par­tic­u­larly in the light crit­i­cally in­jured peo­ple pour­ing in. The city cops took it from there, tweet­ing: “A -ve, B -ve and AB -ve blood is re­quired in KEM hos­pi­tal for those in­jured in #El­phin­stone stam­pede. Please con­tact the blood bank at KEM.” And ci­ti­zens re­sponded whole­heart­edly — 220 do­nated till 4.30 pm with an­other 150 call­ers di­al­ing the helpline number of­fer­ing help.

Not a red-letter day

The hos­pi­tal re­ceived 39 peo­ple with se­vere in­juries by 12.30 pm. Many of them had sus­tained bru­tal head in­juries and lost a huge amount of blood. They were ad­mit­ted in the emer­gency ward. But with the blood bank short on the neg­a­tive blood groups, doc­tors were seen shout­ing for help in the ca­su­alty ward.

“We need donors… we don’t have blood in our bank for the in­jured com­ing in. Hence, we are re­quest­ing peo­ple to come for­ward and do­nate,” said Ra­jesh Shinde, an em­ployee at the blood bank.

Along with peo­ple, sev­eral res­i­dent doc­tors and rel­a­tives of the in­jured also rushed to the blood bank to do­nate.

“We heard about the an­nounce­ment made by the hos­pi­tal about the need of blood, so we came to do­nate. Usually, such kind of a short­age is not seen, but as the number of in­jured was high, it led to in­creased de­mand,” said Dr S Singh, a sec­ond-year res­i­dent doc­tor.

Thank you, all

The po­lice de­part­ment, later, ex­pressed its grat­i­tude to Mum­baikars by tweet­ing: “ThankU Mum­bai for the re­sponse to re­quest for blood. KEM hos­pi­tal has rcvd enough to treat the in­jured. Grate­ful for re­spond­ing to the call.”

Deputy Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner Sud­hir Naik said, “Ini­tially, there was some short­age of blood, but after it was brought to our no­tice we cre­ated ad­e­quate stock with the help of our other ma­jor hos­pi­tals. From the in­jured, five are in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. There was proper co-or­di­na­tion be­tween the BMC and rail­way dur­ing the re­lief work.”

PIC/SURESH KARKERA

The in­jured pour in at KEM Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Mum­bai Po­lice’s ap­peal and ‘thank you’ tweets

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