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Dramatic consequences of Colectiv fire continue, death toll rises to 53

The death toll of the October 30 fire at Colectiv club in Bucharest rose to 53, after another three fire victims died.

An injured survivor who was flown on Wednesday to France died as he had been transferred from the Floreasca Emergency Hospital to a medical unit in Paris aboard an aircraft of the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD).

He is Alex Pascu, the bassist of the Goodbye to Gravity band that was giving a concert at the Colectiv nightclub the night of the fire.
Three of the members of the band – the guitarists Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru and the drummer Bogdan Enache – have died and the soloist Andrei Galut and the bassist Alex Pascu suffered severe injuries.

Another two Colectiv club fire victims hospitalised at the Floreasca Emergency Hospital died during the night, as confirmed for Agerpres on Thursday morning by Hospital Spokesman Bogdan Oprita.

Vlăduţ Roberto Andy, injured in the Colectiv nightclub fire, died in the UK on Wednesday, the day he was turning 19. A few hours before him, 18-year-old Elena Nitu, a 12th year student at the ‘A. D. Xenopol’ Economic High School in Bucharest, had also died. Vlăduţ Roberto Andy and Elena Niţu were two of the nine patients who had been transferred to British hospitals Sunday night.
Elena Niru died in a Liverpool Hospital Tuesday night. After the fire, she had been taken, in critical condition, to the Burns Hospital, with burns covering a lot of her body surface and the respiratory ways.

The night of the tragedy, Elena was in the Colectiv club with her boyfriend. He managed to get out but went back for her. He pulled her out in a matter of minutes, but she was in a bad condition. Initially, she was conscious and talked to her mother who had arrived to the club before her daughter was put on the ambulance and taken to hospital. Shortly after talking to her mother, the young woman became unconscious. At the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burns Hospital, she was intubated and mechanically ventilated, according to Mediafax. After nine days spent in the Romanian hospital, Elena was moved to a British hospital where she died two days later.

‘Unfortunately, the night of 10 November brought the mourning to our high school. God has called another angel to Him. Our colleague, Elena, died after 10 days of battle, in a Liverpool Hospital. The loss leaves an enormous grief in our souls. We will never forget you! Condolences to the grieving family!’ Elena’s high school mates wrote on the high school Facebook page.
Dies on his birthday

Vlăduţ Roberto Andy who had been admitted to a hospital in Chelmsford, UK, Sunday night, died a few hours after Elena Nitu. The young man would have turned 19 on Wednesday. He was first taken to the Bucharest University Hospital in critical condition, with respiratory ways and body surface burns, on the night of 30 October.

The night of the fire, 30 October, 26 people died at the Colectiv nightclub and one on the way to hospital. Twenty-six more died the following 12 days.
Another approximately 150 were admitted to Bucharest hospitals. Those in serious, yet stable condition over 30 – have been moved to various hospitals abroad: Israel, Germany, Great Britain, Norway or Belgium.
Two more patients were transferred to a hospital in Germany by an Air Force Spartan aircraft Tuesday night.

24 victims in critical and severe state

According to Health Ministry data, a total of 76 Colectiv fire victims were in the various Bucharest hospitals Tuesday morning: the Burns Hospital – 15, ‘Bagdasar-Arseni’ Hospital – 15, ‘Grigore Alexandrescu’ Children Hospital – 6, ‘Sfantul Ioan’ Hospital – 5, Elias Hospital – 7, Central Military Hospital – 7, Pantelimon Hospital -2, Floreasca Hospital – 6, University Emergency Hospital – 8, Gerota Hospital – 3 (one came back on 5 November as he was not feeling well) and ‘Agrippa Ionescu’ SRI Hospital – 2.

Six of the young people injured in the Colectiv fire are in extremely serious condition, at the Floreasca Hospital, with pulmonary impairment, burns but also various traumas sustained during the accident. Some of them might be transferred abroad in the coming days, said Dr. Ioana Grintescu, the head of the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department. The patients have body burns and some suffered various fractures, such as on the sternum, sustained in the panic created after the fire had started in the club.

Asked if those patients could be sent to hospitals abroad, Grintescu said some might be transferred the following days, because, for the time being, it would be very risky to move them.
‘We have retained the most serious cases, patients with pulmonary disorders, breathing and ventilation instability, those where the gas exchange does not operate well and it would be risky for anyone to fly them in that state’, said the head of the Intensive Care Department.

The doctor also noted that the patients from Floreasca could be moved to Germany and France, but added that those countries also didn’t have sop many beds dedicated to patients with burns.
‘We are cooperating with a French team and will decide where exactly, we will decide on the transfer indication together, but they decide on the place, because the beds for patients with burns are not unlimited in those countries either. Every country has few beds for burns and they use them very rationally, they have a special economy in the allocation of beds’, Grintescu said.

She further said the intensive care doctors had been by the side of the fire victims for the previous ten days, although they were few and were having difficulties coping.
‘Of course it seems like an extraordinarily difficult work and it is hard work because we are few and it is difficult to cope with this avalanche of hours that we must be by the side of these extremely severe patients, because patients in very severe state have remained. But we are not complaining and we are happy to meet a delegation of guests, they are our colleagues, after all, and we can exchange views’, Grintescu also said.

Interim PM: We will supplement MS budget for medicine, consumables

Interim Prime Minister Sorin Cimpeanu has announced that the Government will approve at a Wednesday meeting supplementing the Health Ministry (MS) budget to fill the medicine and consumable
“We only have current issues on the agenda today (…) concerning the situation of the injured [in the Colectiv club fire]. We shall supplement the Health Ministry budget for filling the medicine and consumable reserves in hospitals to prevent unwanted situations, to the tune of 26.3 million lei. We shall also grant aid to persons in special situations worth 385,000 lei,” Cimpeanu said at the beginning of the Government meeting.

Moreover, Cimpeanu announced that the Government will discuss a note from the Health Ministry on securing the co-payment for the injured in the fire at Colectiv club, hospitalised abroad.
“We have a note from the Health Ministry to set the premises for ensuring the co-payment for the seven countries where the 29 patients are hospitalised. Unfortunately, six of the patients transferred died. We have 29 patients currently hospitalised in other countries for which the co-payment needs to be made,” Cimpeanu pointed out.

Moment of silence at European Parliament

The EPP group in the European Parliament on Wednesday observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Colectiv fire.
‘Today, during the EPP political group meeting at the European Parliament we all observed a minute of silence for the 50 victims of the Colectiv fire and our prayers go to all those who are still suffering in so many hospitals and to the mourning families’, MEP Ramona Manescu (PNL, EPP) wrote on her Facebook page.

CNA receives 100 petitions regarding TV programmes covering Colectiv tragedy

The National Audiovisual Council (CNA) has received approximately 100 petitions on the manner in which TV stations had covered the Colectiv nightclub tragedy, among the raised aspects being the presentation of images showing people who were suffering and the failure to observe the days of national mourning.
The CNA specialised departments monitored the programmes of those stations from 30 October to 2 November and the members of the Council will decide on Thursday if the audiovisual legislation was complied with.

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