Chandigarh: In spite of awareness drives and campaigns against firecrackers, no lessons seem to have been learned with a large number of Diwali related injuries were reported. From Sunday night, the emergency wards of the tricity hospitals remained jam-packed with fireworks-related injuries, ranging from minor burn injury to sight-threatening eye injury. Those with critical injuries are admitted to Advanced Eye Centre (AEC), PGIMER.
At AEC, 36 patients with the firecracker, related injuries were reported, out of which thirteen patients were from the tricity area, while 23 were from the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh. There were 29 males, seven females. Fourteen patients were below 16 years of age and three were above 40 years of age. Most of the patients (19) were between 17-40 years of age.
Bursting crackers amid Diwali celebrations proved to be a horrendous experience for four-year-old Richika from Ropar, who ended up damaging her right eye. Right now Richika is admitted to AEC is enduring ‘unbearable’ pain as she has undergone surgery
“I am really worried about her eyesight; right now the doctors are giving no assurance. For us, Diwali night has turned into a nightmare. Last night she was igniting a sparkle stick when the accident happened. Within no span of time her stick fell into a bunch of crackers that were lying on the floor and caught fire”, said Richika’s grandmother sitting at her bedside at AEC.
“A few years back, in an accident, my husband had already lost his left eye and now because of the ‘cheap’ and poor quality crackers he has lost the one too. After the incident my kids are in depression,” shared Vaneeta, wife of Ramkumar, who was critically injured as he was standing near his house in Ambala when a cracker burst by children hit his eye.
Rajkumar (45), from Kaithal Haryana, who was also operated last night said he was near his house when a cracker hit him injuring his eye last night. Now, he was operated upon and the result of the surgery would be known within the next few days, he said.
While, the family members of Vikrant, resident of Haryana, Anu, resident of Bilaspur Himachal Pradesh who has also undergone surgery at AEC and has no hopes of getting back their vision, had the same sadness.
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