An Indian man was killed by getting sucked into an MRI machine while he was visiting a relative in the hospital, reportedly getting pulled toward the machine and its powerful magnetic force as he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder.
Rajesh Maru, 32, died on Saturday night at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, where he was visiting an ailing relative. According to his uncle, a staff member asked him to carry the cylinder after assuring him that the machine had been turned off, so Maru complied – and it cost him his life.
“The ward boy who was supposed to prevent such incidents told my family members to go inside when the machine was turned un,” Jitendra Maru told AFP. “We are shocked and devastated.”
The state government with jurisdiction in Mumbai announced that it would provide roughly $8,000 to the family to compensate for the accident. Police issued a statement revealing that they would pursue criminal proceedings in the case.
“We have arrested a doctor and another junior staff member under section 304 of the Indian penal code for causing death due to negligence,” Mumbai police spokesman Deepak Deoraj told AFP.
Preliminary reports indicate that Maru did not die from the force of the magnetic pull; instead, he may have accidentally inhaled the liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder. Hospital officials announced that they would investigate the exact cause of the incident and are cooperating with officials, handing over surveillance footage of the tragedy.