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New arrest in fatal MR mishap

by Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | February 05, 2018
MRI Risk Management

On January 27, Maru had helped his sister's mother-in-law, Laxmibai Solanki, into the room for a test when the tank he was holding pinned him by the hand and trapped him in the device, according to initial reports of the accident.

Apparently the machine snapped the tank's valve off and led to Maru inhaling too much oxygen.

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Maru’s family recounted that he was instructed not to leave the tank outside, and hospital staff had him help position the elderly patient in the MR. “The ward boy asked him to help. They said it was okay. He went close to the machine and instead got pulled along with the oxygen cylinder inside the machine. Instead of taking responsibility, the hospital workers scolded us for Rajesh having gone close to the MR machine with the cylinder in his hand,” said Maru’s sister Priyanka Solanki, who was also present in the room.

"When we told him that metallic things aren't allowed inside an MR room, he [the hospital worker] said 'sab chalta hai, hamara roz ka kaam hai' (it's fine, we do it every day). He also said that the machine was switched off. The doctor, as well as the technician, didn't say anything," Solanki told NDTV.

A postmortem at J J Hospital showed that the cause of death was pneumothorax, in which excessive air enters the lung.

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