According to JJ Hospital' records, 11 patients were admitted to the burns ward and 25 other patients with burn injuries had to be admitted to the critical care unit owing to their condition. Five of these were battling for their lives.
A senior orthopaedic surgeon from J J hospital said,"We have been able to conduct only three orthopaedic surgeries till the afternoon, as a few others who require surgery have sustained severe burns. Performing an orthopaedic surgery is not advisable until the burns have healed."
Dr Arvind Vartak, who heads the burns unit at Masina Hospital, said, "A patient can sometimes not be operated upon because cutting through the burnt skin can cause infections as the patient's immunity is already low.
Nurses said the victims' burn injuries made even routine medical procedures difficult. Explaining their quandary, a nurse from JJ Hospital said, "I tried to put a patient on an IV fluid but I didn't know where to inject the needle because her hands were burnt. Finally, I found one small unburnt patch of skin on her neck where I injected the IV."