The condition of nine passengers who suffered severe burns and lung injuries due to smoke inhalation in Monday’s Tamil Nadu Express fire continued to be critical. The condition of two of the victims was said to be further deteriorating and officials are making arrangements to shift the victims to Chennai from the Naryana General Hospital in Nellore to provide better treatment.
According to the hospital authorities, the nine patients are under ventilator support. Though they are responding to treatment, hospital authorities suggested shifting them to Chennai. Doctors said the patients are able to communicate with their relatives.
Assistant professor Dr M Srinivasa Rao said the condition of Sukdev Singh (23) of Amritstar, who suffered 55 per cent burns, and Bansal of Agra (57), who received 50 per cent burns, was deteriorating despite treatment in the intensive care unit. He said the other seven victims have suffered about 25-35 per cent burns. Their condition was said to be stable but not out of danger.
Meanwhile, families of the deceased had to undergo harrowing experiences for the third consecutive day as the DNA reports needed for identification are yet to be furnished.