CHENNAI: As soon as word spread about the building collapse, personnel at the Rajiv Gandhi General Hosptial swung into action. Around 20 beds were immediately cleared at the casualty ward of the hosptial with doctors and nurses being assigned.
At 7.40 pm the first 108 ambulance arrived at the hospital with a woman rescued from the building collapse. A native of Andhra Pradesh, Susheela was brought with a head and hip injury.
She was working on the 11th floor of the building with 50-60 of her fellow workers when the incident took place. “There was a sudden movement and the floor slanted down. Within no time the building collapsed. I was saved because I was not pushed inside. I managed to keep my head out of the rubble. I don’t know what happened to the others,” said a teary-eyed Susheela, hailing from Vizianagaram district.
Her aunt and her cousins were also working with her when the incident took place. But she is still to hear about them. Meanwhile, at the hospital, casualties from other incidents in the city were given immediate treatment to keep the beds vacant.
Kilpauk Medical College also kept a team of personnel and beds ready. A team of five medical staff were sent to the accident spot.