With the death toll in the ESIC Hospital fire almost touching the casualties seen in the deadly Kamala Mills blaze, it’s time for hospital managements to sit up and take a closer look at their fire safety measures. Hospitals, unlike other places, have people who are ailing or completely bedridden and thereby incapable of escaping in an emergency. In a telling example, ten out of 13 victims in the ESIC fire were senior citizens while two were infants. The fire brigade officials must ensure that fire safety violations are not dealt with kid gloves. rush downstairs saying they would rescue the patients. Ultimately, my brother rushed in and managed to get her out but she had inhaled a lot of smoke by then,” said Nitesh. She was going to be discharged, but ended up having to be put on ventilator again, he added.
She was finally discharged on December 31. On Saturday, Nitesh said her condition deteriorated without any warning. “She closed her eyes and suddenly stopped breathing. We called our family doctor, who pronounced her dead,” he said, adding he doesn’t know the cause of death as they were yet to get the death certificate. “The smoke inhalation stopped whatever progress she was making after the stroke. Doctors had told us the stroke recovery could take 3-6 months, but she would be better,” he said.