Man dies after being sucked into MRI machine while visiting family in hospital

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A man suffered a horrible death after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a family member at a hospital, according to police.

32-year-old Rajesh Maru was sucked towards the machine by its magnetic force after entering the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, Mumbai police said in a recent statement.

‘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.

Maru fell victim to this freak accident on Saturday night at the Indian financial capital’s Nair Hospital.

Preliminary reports suggest that Maru had died from inhaling liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder, according to police.

Police believe the cylinder was damaged after hitting the machine. Ramesh Bharmal, the dean of the hospital, told AFP that an investigation had been launched to determine the exact cause of death, adding surveillance video of the incident had been handed over to authorities.

The victim’s uncle said Maru had been asked to carry the oxygen cylinder by the junior staff member who told him the machine was inactive. ‘The ward boy who was supposed to prevent such incidents told my family members to go inside when the machine was turned on. We are shocked and devastated,’ Jitendra Maru told AFP.

The state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, offered compensation of 500,000 rupees ($7,870) for the victim’s family.

If you didn’t know: MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, machines use a powerful magnetic field to produce images of the body’s organs. Metallic objects are pulled towards it and must not be carried into the room