Two persons suffered from cardiac arrest and eight persons suffered from dehydration, thousands suffered minor injuries and bruises during the Mumbai marathon on Sunday. Of the 39,510 participants, over 3,000 persons required hospitalisation.
Amit Kasat, 37, a participant in half marathon collapsed near Ambassador Hotel at Churchgate as he was inching towards the finishing line.
Kasat’s heart stopped beating for about 20 minutes at 8.15am.
An investment banker, Kasat was running the 21-km stretch from Bandra to CST and had begun his sprint from near Bandra Fire Bridgade starting point at close to 6am.
After suffering from cardiac arrest, he was admitted under emergency care in privately-run Bombay Hospital at Marine Lines.
“After four electric shocks, my husband’s heart started beating again. He is on a ventilator and is unconscious,” said Sonia, Amit’s wife.
A 40-year-old photographer Viraj Kohwale suffered cardiac arrest while he was clicking photos of the marathon and was admitted to Bombay Hospital. “The condition of both patients is critical and they are under observation,” said Dr Sagar Sakle, spokesperson of Bombay Hospital.
At least eight participants were hospitalised in Jaslok, Saifee, Bombay and Hinduja Hospitals after they fainted due to severe dehydration.
Hemant Parulekar, 28, missed completing the half marathon by a whisker as he collapsed half a kilometer before the finishing line at CST. An architect by profession and a resident of Navi Mumbai, Parulekar had been practising long-distance running for three months. While running long distances, it is mandatory for runners to drink 200 to 400 ml of fluids every 20 minutes. “It was hot and humid on Sunday morning. I was not consuming fluids at stipulated intervals. I passed out completely while nearing the finishing line,” said Parulekar.
Amar Kadakia, 41, a resident of Kemps Corner, collapsed near Chowpatty while running 21-km run. “I am disheartened as I fainted about 5 km from the finishing line. My blood pressure dropped drastically due to severe dehydration,” said Kadakia.
A majority of the cases were of cramps, dehydration and exhaustion.