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This is the unit that has worked with the blast victims since the first patient was wheeled in. Most doctors in this photograph did not go home till Tuesday night.

Led by Dean and Head of Surgery, Dr Gustad B Daver [centre in white coat and tie], the team comprised one professor, one lecturer, one resident medical officer, one chief resident, 3 residents and three interns.

Dr Daver had divided surgeons into two teams -- Casualty: 30 doctors; Operation Theatre: 10.

The hospital's reception desk contacted all doctors, nurses and staff that were required immediately.

Within half an hour patients were administered initial treatment and a decision taken whether they had to operated or not, says Dr Daver who took over as the hospital's dean six months ago.

Fifty doctors and 50 nurses were called to duty. Interns, student nurses, lecturers, resident doctors -- all rushed in to help. With six hostels and residential buildings on campus housing students and professors, and 300 resident doctors, there was no dearth of trained hands.

Many students who had to appear for their term-end examination the following day queued up to donate blood.

The most recent mass casualty the hospital dealt with was a house collapse in neighbouring Umerkhadi where about 25 people were injured. A medical team from the hospital was also sent to Bhuj after the killer earthquake on January 26, 2001.

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