In what could have been a scene from a comedy, a patient at Sion Hospital woke up minutes before his post-mortem, after a doctor had mistakenly declared him dead. The reality is far from funny, however, as the incident points to shocking negligence at the civic hospital.
What's worse, according to the police, the doctor at fault immediately destroyed all records of the incident in an effort to cover up his mistake. Around 11.15 am yesterday, the Sion police received a call about a citizen lying unconscious at the ST bus depot at Sulochna Shetty Marg.
They immediately sent out a patrolling team that arrived at the spot within 10 minutes, picked up the unidentified man and rushed him to Sion Hospital also known as Lokmanya Tilak General (LTG) Hospital. According to sources at the hospital, Chief Medical Officer Dr Rohan Rohekar was on duty at the time and he immediately declared the man dead after checking his pulse.
Hospital procedure requires dead bodies to be held in the casualty ward for two hours for what is called a cooling off period, when there is still a chance of revival. However, Rohekar allegedly told hospital staffers and cops to take the body to the morgue immediately.