Patients critically injured in the National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) plant explosion in Rae Bareli on November 1. The patients being treated in Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Safdarjung Hospital are aged between 22 and 57 and some of them suffer up to 80% deep thermal burns.
Six of the injured who are less critical are being treated at the AIIMS.
“Currently, all the patients (at AIIMS) are taking solid foods orally. All the patients have started ambulating (walking), except one who had a graft on his lower limbs,” the hospital said in a statement.
They are undergoing chest and limb physiotherapy and are being monitored by a 20-member medical team including plastic surgeons, intensivists and physiotherapists.
All the patients are using custom-made splints, a device used for support or immobilisation of a limb or spine, to avoid disabilities and contracture (shortening of muscle or joint).
One injured died at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the disaster to 36.
He, was admitted with 60% thermal burns.With his death, four of the 18 people injured in the boiler blast who were flown to Delhi for treatment have died. Around a hundred others were injured in the explosion during a routine repair assignment.
Two of the eight surviving patients being treated at Safdarjung hospital remain critical.