Pune trekker stable after accident in Himalayas

Sushant Ranjan
Sunday, 20 August 2017

“He is in a coma. Doctors are continuously treating him as a special patient. We are hopeful that he will recover soon. We have to wait for 24 hours,” he told Sakal Times on phone from Chandigarh.

PUNE: City-based trekker Padmesh Patil’s is fighting for life after an accident on his way to Stok Kangri in Ladakh on August 9. He is currently stable and is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Postgraduate Institute of Medical and Research in Chandigarh. 

Pankaj, Padmesh’s younger brother, is in Chandigarh to look after him. He said that Padmesh’s condition is stable and doctors have given him special treatment. “He is in a coma. Doctors are continuously treating him as a special patient. We are hopeful that he will recover soon. We have to wait for 24 hours,” he told Sakal Times on phone from Chandigarh.

Padmesh was on his first ever Himalayan trek, but he suffered from sickness and fell when he was at the height of 18,000 feet. According to the others trekkers who were with him, Padmesh was lying for four hours before the Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued him. Initially, he was admitted in Leh and then moved to Chandigarh on Saturday by an air ambulance.

Pune Municipal Corporation corporator Sachin Dodke is also with his family in Chandigarh since August 17. He told Sakal Times, “MP Supriya Sule told me to be with Patil’s family. Because of her initiative, doctors are treating him as a special patient. Dr Shailesh Srikhande from Mumbai also joined the team of three doctors deputed by the hospital.”

Resident Deputy Collector Rajendra Muthe told Sakal Times that a special attendant and technician have been appointed to take care of Padmesh Patil. Muthe added that the administration is in touch with the doctors.

WAS PADMESH ILL-PREPARED FOR THIS TREK?
- According to Padmesh’s relatives, he was in contact with trekking agency Stepin Adventure based in Pune. When contacted, Shripad Sapkal of Stepin Adventure said, “Stepin Adventure had done only the booking. The event was organised by Trek the Himalayan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. It was the responsibility of Trek The Himalayas to get his insurance done.”
- A person close to Padmesh revealed that he did not have proper training required for mountain climbing in the Himalayan mountains - very different from trekking in the Sahaydri hills. 
- Mountaineering experts have also said that any trekker who wants to go on a Himalayan trek must get proper training. Also, he or she has to be insured before going on any adventure. According to the sources Padmesh had not insured himself, so the rescue was delayed and he is battling for his life in a hospital.
- “Proper training is required for any mountaineer because trekking in HImalayas is not easy. He or she must have full modern equipment,” said Umesh Zirpe of Giripremi group.

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