Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Attacker shows clear sign of mental ailment: JJ dean

Mumbai: The 42-year-old patient, who attacked three others in Bombay Hospital on Monday, was kept sedated in the psychiatry ward of JJ Hospital. Hospital insiders also said he was restrained to the bed, but authorities denied this. Dean Dr TP Lahane said doctors have found clear symptoms of mental ailment. Whether or not that could have led him to attack cancer patient Lilabihari Thakur (65) is difficult to say, said JJ doctors. Thakur died in the attack.
“In two days, we will carry out a CT Scan and MRI to see if he has brain lesions,” said Lahane. He added that the patient has a history of mental illness. JJ staffers also said he had refused to eat and was being fed through a tube.
Lahane said knowing his condition, it was perhaps erroneous to keep him in a general ward. The patient’s family has told JJ doctors that he was admitted to Masina Hospital’s psychiatry facility 5-6 years ago.
Bombay Hospital doctors, however, said they were completely unaware of any mental ailment history the patient may have had. They had treated the patient twice for brain TB in a span of one year.
Psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty lashed out at the consultants.
“Non-psychiatric doctors are condescending to mental health issues. Patients should always be evaluated for mental health problems,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Azad Maidan police said two ward boys had
overpowered the accused but let go of him as he tried to bite them. “Fearing an infection, they left him on the bed,” said the officer.
Krishna Prakash, additional CP, said on Sunday, the accused was seen banging his head against the wall. “A nurse had informed his wife about this,” he said.
“On Monday, he had an argument with his brother-in-law and kicked him 3-4 times. Later, he also kicked a woman sweeper before attacking the patients,” said a police officer.

May 14, 2014, The Times of India

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