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Twenty minutes after the bomb blasts in Mumbai on August 25, the injured were brought in ambulances, taxis, other vehicles to the casualty department at the J J Hospital in Byculla, south central Mumbai.

One of the oldest and biggest hospitals in the country -- named after the Parsi philanthropist Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy whose statue adorns its entrance -- the Sir J J Group of Hospitals is 157 years old and includes the Grant Medical College, St George's, GT and Cama Hospitals in the city. Victims of the blast were also rushed to the St George's and GT Hospitals.

The count that bloody Monday ran thus:

JJ Hospital: 57 patients admitted. 28 dead bodies received.
G T Hospital: 53 patients. 3 dead bodies received.
St George's Hospital: 36 patients. 14 dead bodies received.

Within 30 minutes JJ Hospital had converted Wards 17, 18 and 19 to accommodate casualties. The youngest patient was a 16-year-old boy.

Twelve surgeries were conducted on day 1. Patients were mostly brought in with conditions like burns, lacerated wounds, multiple fractures and abdominal injuries.

Five patients with minor injuries were given treatment and sent home that day.

Four of the patients died later. Doctors say they were badly injured and could barely speak.

Of the 28 dead bodies received, many were badly mutilated. Most of the deceased were in the 17 to 40 age group. The last of the bodies was handed over to the next of kin by the police surgeon three days later.

Words: Archana L Masih. Images: Jewella C Miranda


Also see: Terror at the Gateway

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