Marathoner Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Mumbai Marathon
A 52-year-old marathoner suffered cardiac arrest and four other marathoners hospitalized due to injuries during the Mumbai marathon held on Sunday.
Kirti Ganatra, a Powai resident who was running the half marathon, collapsed on the ground and hit his head. According to doctors, the deep wound on the head led to a cardiac arrest. Ganatra has been immediately taken to the hospital and was kept on a ventilator at the Bombay Hospital. Doctors informed that his condition is still critical. “Ganatra is on life support and we are constantly monitoring him,” said Dr Sagar Sakle, the spokesperson of the Bombay Hospital.
Dr. Sakle said that the two other runners brought to Bombay hospital- Ram Chaudhary (20) and Ashish Malkar (27) were admitted with injuries and were stable. Chaudhari had a fracture in his left knee and Malkar collapsed on the ground and hit his head just a few metres away from the finish line.
According to Malkar’s friend “This was his first time in a marathon and he was representing his firm DHL Corporate Champions group”.
Dr Vijay D’Silva, medical director of the Asian Heart Institute (AHI), which provided the medical aid facilities for the Mumbai marathon, said that Malkar got an epileptic attack which caused him to fall.
The other two runners who required hospitalization during the marathon were Avik Chatterjee, who was admitted to the Saifee Hospital with chest pain, and Poonam Singh, who got admitted to the Lilavati Hospital with a fracture in the ankle.
About 4,000 participants of the marathon required medical aid, said Dr. D’Silva. “Most cases were of dehydration, exhaustion and cramps. Over 30 runners were put on intravenous fluids,” he said, adding that the runners who were trained thoroughly did not require any medical help. “We have had heart patients running the marathon who did not require any medical help, only because they were trained well,” added D’Silva.
Ajit Shinde, a 44 year old marathoner from Borivali was found severely injured on platform 3 of the Grant Road station. He has participated in the half marathon and had completed the race. It was not clear how Shinde got injured.
According to the railway police officials, he was found in a pool of blood with severe head injury and several bruises all over his body. Though he was rushed to the Nair hospital, he was declared dead on arrival.
“He was found lying on the platform. It is not clear if he fell off while boarding a train or he had fallen off the running train,” said a GRP official.