WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 32-year-old Indian man died in a Nair Hospital in Mumbai after being sucked into an MRI machine Saturday night.
- Rajesh Maru was carrying an oxygen container into an imaging room before the freak accident happened.
- Maru was dragged by the scanner’s magnetic forces, causing the oxygen cylinder to broke, releasing lethal concentrations of liquid oxygen that Maru inhaled, the Guardian reported.
Rajesh Maru was just visiting a relative at a Mumbai hospital when he encountered a freak accident that took his life, police said Monday.
His uncle, Jitendra Maru, told AFP that a hospital staff had asked his nephew to carry the oxygen cylinder into the imaging room without telling the younger Maru that there was an active MRI machine.
“The ward boy who was supposed to prevent such incidents told my family members to go inside when the machine was turned on,” the uncle said. “We are shocked and devastated.”
Two hospital employees had been arrested for negligence, according to a statement released Monday.
“We have arrested a doctor and another junior staff member under section 304 of the Indian penal code for causing death due to negligence,” Mumbai police spokesman Deepak Deoraj said.
Initial reports indicate that Maru, who was carrying an oxygen container at that time, was pulled towards the MRI machine by its magnetic force. The oxygen cylinder was damaged after colliding with the scanner. Maru died after inhaling the fatal liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder.
Nair Hospital’s dean Ramesh Bharmal, told AFP that an investigation has been launched to determine the exact cause of Maru’s death. The CCTV footage of the accident has been given to authorities.
The victim’s family will receive 500,000 rupees (US$7,870) as compensation from the state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital.
Source: Fox News