Of the 40,485 participants in the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday, around 4000
people required medical aid.
One person suffered a cardiac arrest and 13 other participants were
hospitalised for convulsions and dehydration. The rest suffered from muscle
cramps and minor injuries.
Fifty two-year-old Kirit Ganatra's heart stopped beating, close to 500
metres from the finishing line. Ganatra, the resident of Powai, had
participated in the half marathon spanning over 21 km and was running from
Bandra to CST.
"Our volunteers at the finishing line saw him collapsing and rushed to
his rescue," said Dr Vijay D'Silva, medical director, Asian Heart
Institute (AHI), Bandra.
Medicos realised that Ganatra's heart had stopped beating when he collapsed.
"It is hard to say as to why he suffered a cardiac arrest. It may have
been giddiness from exhaustion or him tripping over and falling," said Dr
An eventual CT scan of the brain showed a swelling on his head.
"The patient is under observation for 48 hours. His condition is stable
at the moment with normal blood pressure and heat beating. An angiography will
be conducted to ascertain if there is any damage to the heart," said Dr
Sriram Patki, intensivist at Bombay Hospital.
Similarly, Ashish Malkar, 27, a pharma company executive, who was running the
10-km corporate run collapsed near the finishing line. He is a known epileptic
patient. Doctors said dehydration might have triggered off convulsions.
Of the 4,000 participants who were given medical aid, 14 had to be
hospitalised. Ten percent participants required medical help this time,
compared to eight last year.
The weather was pleasant and did not contribute much to dehydration.
However, participants should maintain minimum intake of liquids, say doctors.