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MRI death: Family still waiting for Rajesh’s cut finger, says senior official of BYL Nair Hospital

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Mumbai: Two weeks after the death of Lalbaugh resident Rajesh Maru, 32, after getting pulled into a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine at civic-run BYL Nair hospital, his family are still waiting for his severed finger, which had remained attached to the machine along with the oxygen cylinder he had been holding at the time of the accident.

While the machine is yet to be repaired after the incident, family members of Maru said that they have not yet received his missing finger which was sent to the forensic laboratory after the panchnama. They are now planning to write to the health ministry to retrieve the severed finger as they are still waiting to complete the last rites as per the rituals of Hindu.

“No one informed us that it would take so long for the hospital to retrieve his finger and now they have sent it for forensic analysis. For almost a week, the finger was lying in the closed MRI room. I wonder what would be the condition of the finger and in what condition, they would give it back to us,” said Harish Solanki, the brother-in-law of Maru.


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A senior official of BYL Nair hospital said the police has retrieved the finger which has been sent to Kalina Forensic Laboratory for further investigation. “The finger was retrieved last week by a technician from Philips, manufacturer of the machine, in the presence of police. But police have seized the finger as evidence,” added Dr Ramesh Bharmal, Dean of Nair Hospital.

“As investigation is still underway the finger has been sent to the forensic laboratory to get more details about the incident,” said a senior inspector, Agripada police station. After two detailed inspections, Philips company said the MRI machine is severely damaged and total estimated cost for repairing it would go up to Rs 56 lakh.

“The company conducted a proper inspection of the MRI machine and they gave us the estimated cost for upgrading the machine,” added Dr Bharmal. He further added the estimated budget would be submitted at the next session of the standing committee of the corporation for approval.

“The proposal will be floated on urgent basis as we have only one machine due to which patient have to run door-to door to get their MRI done. Once proposal is accepted the up gradation of the MRI machine will done immediately,” said Dr Bharmal. Due to the impact of the cylinder that got attached with the machine, it left a deep dent. Also, the metallic coil of the machine also got damaged which is extremely expensive.