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Surgery ends horror hours for 2-year-old

Ranchi/Hazaribagh, March 12: Little Mehul Kumar will never be able to forget this year's Holi. For, the child, who will be celebrating his third birthday on November 17, got a second life yesterday.

Chances of Mehul's survival became almost nil when he fell down from the second floor of his maternal grandfather's residence at Ekpatia Mohalla, Hazaribagh, while playing Holi and a rod pierced through his stomach. But, an extraordinary feat by the doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi and the unfailing courage of the boy saved him.

The incident is a reminder of Supratim Dutta's case. The youth had similarly been impaled by a 5 feel long iron bar that had pierced through his chest in New Delhi in July last year. Supratim was saved by the doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

In Mehul's case, a three-feet long rod of 12mm diameter jutting out from the first floor had pierced his stomach and came out from the other side. His uncle rushed him to Hazaribagh sadar hospital but the doctors referred him to RIMS. All this while, Mehul was in senses. He was brought to RIMS at 10.30am. A team of four doctors immediately decided to carry out an operation. The surgery started at 11am and doctors were finally able to remove the rod by 2pm.

Sandeep Agrawal, one of the doctors in the team, said: "The rod had entered from his side, damaging skin muscle and fossa of the chest. It had passed through four layers of his stomach, right lobe of liver, pancreatic laceration and had caused abrasion in gall bladder."

Agrawal praised the strong will and perseverance of the child. Source:telegraphindia.com

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