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'Saving the patients and the babies was our first duty'

December 26, 2008

They pulled shut the heavy main doors of the wards. The patients were quickly and efficiently herded by the nurses, as well as the ward boys, into as many of the tiny and safer backrooms, that had no windows like the milk bank, the pantries and other ante-rooms.

It was total confusion at first. Says the second nurse, "Sab ghabra gaye (Everyone was horrified). We were all scared. But saving the patients and the babies had to be our first duty. It all happened so fast too."

But she and her colleagues and the young doctors on call that night managed to push about 12 patients and relatives into a milk bank with their babies. Cell phones were already ringing incessantly, as anxious relatives had started calling the patients after having heard the news of the shootings at the CST.

Mothers with tiny few-day old wailing babies, who were crying themselves out of total fright, were quickly packed into these tiny rooms, along with relatives, nearly 15 to 20 people per room.

Image: A notice for a prayer service for Baban Ugre and Bhanoo Devu Narkar, the watchmen who died at the Cama and Albless hospital on November 26.

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