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Confusion over patient’s death

Staff Reporter

Piece of plaster from ceiling fell on him in hospital


Relatives say he died due to the accident

Doctors attribute death to his ailments


Kozhikode: A patient admitted to the Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, died soon after a piece of plaster fell on him from the ceiling on Monday.

The medical college authorities, however, clarified in a press conference here that the death had nothing to do with the freak incident.

M. Damodaran, 55, from Payyoli was admitted to the hospital at 4.30 a.m. on Monday. Hospital Principal Sudheendra Ghosh and Superintendent V.R. Rajendran, during the press conference, said that the patient was brought to the hospital in a serious condition of “massive haemophthisis” and tuberculosis-related complications.

They said that Damodaran was undergoing treatment at the ward 8 after he vomited blood several times. It was then a piece of plaster fell on his thighs.

An orthopaedic scanning and X-ray was carried out on the patient immediately after the incident. “But no injuries were found in the scanning or X-ray reports,” said Dr. Rajendran.

The patient, however, was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) by noon and he died at the ventilator at 1.30 p.m.

Some relatives of the patient complained to the mediapersons that the death was caused by the incident.

Ruling out the possibility of “a small piece of plastering” causing the death of the patient, hospital authorities said that the final word, however, could be issued only after the post-mortem examination. The medical college police registered a case under 174 (Criminal Procedure Code) for unnatural death, following the incident.

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