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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mumbai attack: Hospitals witness horror stories

St George, GT and JJ hospitals in Mumbai are centres of desperate hope for many as they anxiously wait to know about their relatives and some crest-fallen at the death of dear ones.
The St George hospital in south Mumbai, which saw a steady stream of bodies since the attacks last night, has been functioning with a sense of utmost urgency.

Paramedical staff and attendants have done a commendable job arranging for bodies to be taken for panchnama, arrangement of blood among other things, doctors at the hospital said.

The hospital, which received the highest number of bodies following the attacks, witnessed chaos in the morning when security personnel refused television crews from filming dead bodies.

GT hospital, also in south Mumbai, bore an uneasy silence and a sense of fear prevailed. Relatives of injured and dead were reluctant to speak to the media.

Hemant Tulin, an employee at the Taj, is battling for life at GT hospital, which is bustling with activity being closer to the scene of terror attacks.

The 27-year-old, who suffered multiple injuries, called his mother at 2230 hours last night telling her he was safe. At 0530 hours this morning, Talin's mother received a call from the hospital stating that he had been seriously injured and was in the ICU.

Talin, who witnessed the death of his colleague due to bullet injuries told his mother, "I am calling you now, because I do not know when I will be able to call you later," she said.

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