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