Hooch incident left three people blind
Three people have permanently lost their vision in the hooch incident, when the couples are grappling with diminished eyesight.
Many people who came with symptoms such as blurred vision and dilation of pupils that got better with dialysis after it reduced the toxicity in their blood. Blindness is one of the deadly side effects of methanol poisoning.
Dilip Hire (50), who used to work as a watchman, is staring at an uncertain future and loss of employment. Vasappa Dhotre (49) used to meet his ends working as a daily wage labourer. His family is distraught with the incident leaving the family’s main breadwinner with a permanent disability. Physician Dr Nitin Pawar said that the patients were immediately taken for dialysis but the toxin levels were probably very high. Two out of seven patients undergoing treatment there have lost vision.
Dean of KEM Hospital Dr Avinash Supe said that one out of dozen patients had lost their eyesight completely. He also stated that around 2-3 more patients had vision reduced but with the help of timely dialysis and treatment, it’s easy to treat it successfully
At BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central, 13 patients continue to be under treatment of which two are in the ICU. “Nobody had loss of vision here. Many have recovered well. We may start discharging them in a day or two,” he said. The Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital in Kandivali currently has just one patient who is admitted. “The flow of patients has come down. On Wednesday, we had just one patient who came to the OPD with complaints similar to alcohol poisoning but he was not from Malwani and neither had consumed from that area,” said Dr K Pimple, medical superintendent.