Man keeps bed­side vigil as govinda son bat­tles for life on ven­ti­la­tor

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Disha Shetty disha. shetty@ dnain­dia. net

For three days now, Umesh Gadap­kar has not left the hos­pi­tal. His 11- year- old son Su­jal re­mains un­der se­da­tion, show­ing lit­tle im­prove­ment fol­low­ing a fall from the sixth tier of a Dahi Handi or­gan­ised near his home in Ul­has­na­gar.

“My child is in the ICU for the past three days. And my wife has been in an even worse state,” said the dis­traught fa­ther, who was a fish­er­man and now drives an au­torick­shaw and takes up weld­ing work to make ends meet.

The two man­dals — Rad­he­sham Na­gar Govinda and Shiv Tej Man­dal — have been booked for cul­pa­ble homi­cide as they vi­o­lated the Supreme Court or­der that re­stricted par­tic­i­pa­tion of mi­nors in the hu­man pyra­mids dur­ing Dahi Handi.

Speak­ing to dna, Umesh said that he had asked his son not to be a part of the hu­man pyra­mid, but the boy did not heed to his ad­vice.

Su­jal is a Std V stu­dent at Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Ul­has­na­gar and the youngest among his sib­lings. On Thurs­day, when he fell down and in­jured his head, he was first taken to Shivneri Hos­pi­tal in Ul­has­na­gar. Later in the night, he was shifted to For­tis Hos­pi­tal in Kalyan, where he has been kept un­der ob­ser­va­tion in the ICU.

Three days af­ter the fall, Su­jal re­mains on the ven­ti­la­tor. Doc­tors have kept him se­dated as he has brain swelling. “When we re­duce the seda­tives, Su­jal be­comes ag­gres­sive and tries to take off the ven­ti­la­tor wires. Ex­ces­sive move­ment can in­crease his swelling, which is why we are keep­ing him se­dated. Only once the swelling re­duces will we be able to tell the ex­tent of the dam­age caused to him,” said Dr Ashok Borisa, la­paro­scopic sur­geon at For­tis Kalyan who is treat­ing him.

Umesh Gadap­kar

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