Rare surgery at mishap site goes in vain

In a nearly two-hour surgery, performed amidst dust and in open space, the doctors had amputated a hand and a leg, which were trapped under the cement blocks and freed the youth. Later, he was rushed to VIMS. VIMS doctors told Deccan Herald on Wednesday night that Mohammed Ali succumbed to injuries. Earlier, the doctors had expressed the hope that the victim would survive.

Rescue workers from Bangalore and Pune, armed with modern equipment and two sniffer dogs, have been doing a through professional job to rescue the victims under the rubble. They rescued a five-year-old boy earlier in the day.

“We have been hearing some feeble voices from under the rubble. We are hopeful of rescuing more,” one of the rescue workers told Deccan Herald as he rushed to remove a block of cement. A few meters away, it was a heart-rending scene as relatives waited anxiously, praying that their loved ones would come out alive. They had spent several hours waiting for the good news as the operations picked up momentum with the arrival of teams on Wednesday afternoon. While the news of the collapse has shocked the entire State, construction workers, who were staying at the basement of the building, are yet to come to terms with the disaster.

Malappa, a worker from Gonagaon village in Chithapura, Gulbarga, has spent the entire night just staring at the collapsed structure. His wife Manjula, daughters Kashibai and Kavitha, and brother Narsappa are trapped under the debris. He tries hard to hold back his tears while saying he was out buying biscuits when the incident occurred.

Vishwaraj and Mariyappa, two others from the same village, who had gone out for a movie, say that it was hard for them to comprehend what they saw when returned late at night. Sixteen members from Gonagaon village were working at the building.
A portion of the apartment building collapsed on the Backward Class and Minorities Hostel. Hostellers Ganibasha, Beerappa, Revannasidda, Rudragowda were having their dinner when the incident occurred. “It happened so suddenly. While all of us ran, Rudragowda collapsed and died due to shock,” says Ganibhasha, recalling the death of his roommate.

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