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Hospital staff’s efforts save baby

Deepa Sarna Gawli

A one-and-a-half-month-old baby boy, who was diagnosed with complex heart defects, was saved due to the efforts of the staff of a Mulund hospital. Had they not raised funds for his treatment in time, it would have been difficult to save the baby. The baby Rajbeer Singh Sidhu was born on September 25. He was suffering from pneumonia and was hospitalised. Since the baby was not responding to the treatment, his parents shifted him to another hospital in Mulund on October 17. Doctors at this hospital diagnosed him with a heart defect.

quires urgent surgery,” explained Dr Vijay Agarwal, paediatric cardiac surgeon. However, the surgery involved a cost of about Rs3.5 lakh, which was impossible for the “His echocardiogram baby’s parents to arrange. showed he had a complex Rajbeer’s father Shravan is heart defect called Total suffering from a liver ailment. Anomalous Pulmonary So, he has been jobless for the Venous Connection to Portal last one-and-a-half years. The Vein with additional complica- baby’s grandmother, the only tions of severe pulmonary hy- earning member in the family, pertension and reduced heart earns Rs2500 a month. function. This condition re“When doctors informed

The baby was admitted in the paediatric cardiac intensive care unit. He underwent a corrective open heart bypass surgery the next day. “The operation lasted for 6 hours. He was discharged 10 days later,” said Dr Swati Garekar, paediatric cardiologist who along with Dr Vijay performed the surgery. “We are very grateful to the hospital staff who managed me that the surgery would cost the funds. Even if I had tried around Rs3.5 lakh, I was my best, I would not have been shocked. Before Fortis hospi- able to arrange for such a big tal, Mulund, my son was ad- amount. To me, the doctors mitted in a private hospital. I were like God because they was arranging for the dis- saved my son’s life,” said charge documents from the Shravan who lives with his private hospital, when I got a wife, mother and elder son at call from a Fortis doctor who a slum near Amar Nagar in informed me that funds for the Mulund. baby’s surgery had been arDoctors say timely treatranged. He asked me to admit ment is vital to most heart dethe baby and said the hospital fects. Heart defects are the staff would do the rest,” said most common type of conShravan. genital defects in a newborn.

Woman forced to abort
Faisal Tandel

The Central police, Ulhasnagar, has registered a case against a family in Kandivli for forcing their daughter-in-law to abort her baby. The woman had registered a complaint on November 2 against her inlaws. Divya Nitesh Parmar (21) from Namdev Apartment in Ulhasnagar married Kandivli

resident Nitesh Parmar on February 12, 2012. Her in-laws began torturing Divya for dowry. Divya was pregnant and they were forcing her to abort the baby. On July 11, her in-laws took her to a clinic and managed to abort the baby, a girl. Divya then registered a case against her in-laws. A senior police officer from Central line police sta-

tion says, “The girl has registered a case against her inlaws under sections 498A and B, 313 ( Causing miscarriage without woman’s consent.), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation.)and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

Suicide attempt foiled
Faisal Tandel

Sports complex in trouble
Bhalchandra Chorghade

Thane police commissionerate’s eight-lane athletics track project behind Central Jail in Saket area has run into a political controversy. Senior BJP leader and Thane deputy mayor Milind Patankar has raised objections stating that police authorities have flouted norms by chopping down mangroves for construction work. “Developing sports infrastructure is a good move. However, cutting mangroves is violation of coastal regulation zone (CRZ) norms,” Patankar

said. Patankar has written a letter to the police commissioner, chief conservator of the forest and the tehsildar in this regard. However, police officials have denied the allegations. “The construction work started only after getting clearances. We are not violating any

norms,” Milind Bharambe, additional commissioner of police (crime), said. He added this an attempt to tarnish the police department’s image. Besides track-and-field facilities, there will be two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, two kabaddi courts and also provision for kho-kho, football, judo and wrestling. The facility is being developed with help of public works department at an estimated cost of Rs1.5crore. The Thane police commissionerate will be hosting the state police games. This meet will be held in second week of January.

A woman tried to commit suicide on November 7 by jumping into Kasheli creek in Thane (W) with her two children. However, the beat marshals and sand miners intervened in time to save the woman Pushpa Parshuram Mhatre (32), and the children Chandani Mhatre (11) and Vaishali Mhatre. They are residents of Kapurbawadi. The mother is alleged to be mentally unstable. BR Chaudari, senior police inspector, Kapurba-wadi police station, said, “She took such a drastic step because of a petty fight with her husband. All three are being treated in the Thane civil hospital.” Her husband claimed that earlier she had tried ending her life a couple of times.