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Prime Minister Lauds the Exemplary Work of Mumbai’s Medical Fraternit

Saving lives, performing complicated multiple surgeries and consoling traumatised patients - in Mumbai's hospitals, real-life superheroes have no time// to breathe in the aftermath of the tragic blasts.

For the past four days, doctors, nurses, paramedics and hospital staff were silently and tirelessly toiling round the clock, making the city's celebrated never-say-die spirit a reality.

Working quietly behind the scenes, they have been caring for the survivors and consoling relatives of the victims following Tuesday's terror attack on Mumbai's suburban trains that killed about 200 people.

These dedicated medical personnel have been on their toes ever since victims were rushed into the several hospitals spread across central and suburban Mumbai, India's throbbing but cramped financial and entertainment capital.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during a visit to the Sion and King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospitals Friday, hailed the brave-hearts.

Expressing gratitude, Manmohan Singh said: "I thank the medical fraternity - doctors, nurses and paramedics - for the exemplary and splendid job they have done at this hour of national tragedy.

"The medical fraternity rose to the occasion."

There are currently 56 victims at KEM and another 21 in Sion undergoing treatment. Over 200 people were discharged.

The surgeons and other medical staff at the two hospitals have performed 16 major surgeries to repair torn limbs and severe injuries, and 47 minor operations.

"It was great encouragement for us to be patted on the back by none other than the prime minister," said Anil Patwardhan, head of the cardiovascular and thoracic department at the Sion Hospital.

Besides Patwardhan, head of surgery J.V. Hardikar, general surgeon Jignesh Gandhi and orthopaedic surgeon Roshan Wade, along with a dedicated team of some 45 senior and junior doctors, have been working tirelessly ev
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