Mumbai Hospital Fire: Death toll rises to 10

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The ESIC Hospital fire in Andheri, Mumbai claimed its tenth victim on Thursday morning.

Sixty-five-year-old Dattu Narwade succumbed at the Holy Spirit Hospital at around 4.20 a.m. due to respiratory failure. He was suffering from pneumonia and had a history of tuberculosis. Hospital sources said that the smoke inhalation worsened his condition.

“He was first admitted to the ward but his condition deteriorated on Tuesday evening and we had to shift [him to] a ventilator. Early on Thursday, he suffered from respiratory failure”, said Sister Sneha, executive director of Holy Spirit Hospital.

On Wednesday, 80-year-old Sheela Morvekar had become the ninth victim. Morvekar was already in a critical condition when the fire broke out on Monday, snapping her ventilator support after the electricity supply was cut off.

Morvekar was immediately given manual ventilation by the staff in the ICU till she was rescued and shifted to Seven Hills Hospital. But her condition deteriorated and she eventually succumbed to the injuries.

Ten patients, including a 600 gram pre-term baby girl, who suffered severe smoke inhalation in the fire at ESIC Hospital, Marol, on Monday, are critical and continue to be on ventilator support.

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