A doctor and a junior staff member of Nair hospital in Mumbai are facing negligence charges after a 32- year old man was sucked into a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine after he was allowed into the room carrying an oxygen cylinder.
According to this report, Rajesh Maru and his family was assured by a staffer of the MRI room, where they were visiting a sick elderly relative; that the gargantuan machine was turned off before they were let in.
“I asked the ward boy thrice about the machine but he ridiculed me, saying that he knows his job well and does not need to know from me about it,” his relative Priyanka Solanki said.
The victim’s uncle, Jitendra Maru lamented as well the actions of the ward boy, saying “The ward boy who was supposed to prevent such incidents told my family members to go inside when the machine was turned on. We are shocked and devastated.”
New Delhi TV added in its report that Maru’s hand holding the oxygen cylinder became trapped when the machine sucked them in due to strong magnetic force, and then the cylinder burst.
Preliminary reports suggest he died from inhaling liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder after it hit the MRI machine. He was rushed to the emergency room but pronounced dead within 10 minutes.
The arrested the doctor and junior staff member will face charges under section 304 of the Indian penal code for “causing death due to negligence,” Mumbai police spokesman Deepak Deoraj told AFP.
The victim’s mother in an interview with a local paper said it wasn’t even supposed to be Rajesh who entered the MRI room, but rather her son-in-law.
“My son-in-law was supposed to take his mother to the MRI room, but the ring in his finger was stuck and wouldn’t come off,” she said.
Ramesh Bharmal, the dean of the hospital, has said an investigation was underway to determine the exact cause of death and so far, the victim’s family has been given 500,000 rupees for damages done.