Who says miracles don’t happen? This week, the brilliant doctors of Rajasthan scripted a new story of success in ‘pink city’ Jaipur. A team of doctors at Sawai Mansingh Hospital ‘SMS’ Jaipur implanted the amputated hand of a child. Here’s how they did the impossible!
In an unfortunate incident, a 10-year-old child from Lalsot village of Dausa district lost his left arm at around 5:30 pm on Saturday evening. The child was using a chaff cutter to cut fodder for the cattle when the unfortunate incident took place. Trapped in the machine, his left hand was completely chopped off between elbow and wrist.
The family rushed him to SMS hospital at around 7:30 pm. The child was in a pretty bad shape when he arrived at SMS. After reviewing his case, the doctors decided to perform a surgery on the patient. Though challenging, the injury didn’t deter the doctors, who’ve successfully cured tumors and conducted stem cell implantation in the past.
The operation began at 8 pm on Saturday and lasted until midnight. During the surgery, the doctors repaired nerves, tendons, veins, arteries and other soft tissues of the arm. Specialists in orthopedics and anesthesia performed bone nailing to successfully re-implant the arm.
Preserving the patient’s hand was the main priority of the doctors. Usually, it’s difficult to re-implant an amputated limb after six hours. Therefore, the surgeons barely had 4 to 6 hours to perform this task. Since the patient reached the hospital in time, it got easier to repair the injury. By the time doctors began the surgery, the child had turned pale, losing a good amount of blood from the dismembered arm.
Following the surgery, Dr. R.K. Jain, Professor of Plastic Surgery at SMS Medical College shared his views on the matter. According to Dr. Jain, his team has restored the blood circulation in the severed limb. It’ll take a couple of days for the patient to experience normal movement, but physiotherapy will surely help his case.
Immense knowledge and skills of the doctors saved a life again!