A 32-year-old man was seriously injured when he fell from the roof of his house to the first floor of an adjacent under-construction building, and on top of protruding iron rods, one of which impaled him.
The incident took place in the early hours of Saturday in a building in Taimoor Nagar, New Friends Colony. The man was identified as Manjeet Tarki, who hails from West Bengal.
The rod which impaled him was eight feet long and three inches wide. The man remained trapped for nearly four hours, before a security guard found him and raised an alarm.
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He was rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Center, where doctors surgically removed the rod, which had pierced his body near the axilla, below the joint that connects the shoulder to the arm.
“He was found by a security guard, who came on duty at 8 am. Policemen helped cut through the iron rod, which was attached to the building. He was rushed to AIIMS,” said Dr Amit Gupta, one of the doctors treating Tarki.
According to doctors, the rod was still lodged in Tarki’s body when he was brought to the hospital at 8 am. He was immediately taken for surgery.
“The patient was… brought in the same position in which he was found… nobody had tried to remove the rod, which would have injured critical vessels and organs,” said Dr Gupta, professor of surgery at the AIIMS trauma center. “The rod was removed from the axilla region. Fortunately, the rod did not hit any major vessels and nerves in his right arm,” added Dr Gupta.
Tarki is stable and has been kept under observation, said AIIMS doctors.
“Since no major vessels were injured, it is unlikely there will be any lasting effect on the movement of his arm. But we will get a clear picture in a few days, after he recovers from surgery,” said a doctor.