A 27-year-old constable of Jammu and Kashmir police became a rare survivor of close range AK-47 bullet injuries,after he was ambushed in Sopore on January 7,AIIMS doctors said. He was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre with five AK-47 bullets lodged in his chest and abdomen.
After 12 surgical procedures and transfusion of 74 units of blood in two hospitals the Army base hospital in Udhampur district and AIIMS Trauma Centre over seven weeks,the policeman was finally discharged in mid-March. We have seen many cases of gunshot wounds during the Sikh riots and before,but never before have we seen such a miraculous survival in such a close range injury, Dr M C Misra,chief of AIIMS Trauma Centre said.
After nearly 50 days in hospital,he was finally discharged on May 14. He could move on his own,and was eating well. We have just spoken to him today,and he is in excellent condition, Dr Misra said.
Doctors said they could not find any case of an AK-47 victim surviving in reported medical literature. Now,nearly two months after his discharge,the cops weight has risen from 38 kg during his admission to 53 kg,and he told doctors he is raring to go back to work.
Besides his abdomen and chest,the policeman had bullet injuries in his right thigh and left arm, Dr Amit Gupta from AIIMS surgery department said.
When posted with the Jammu and Kashmir police,the cop was injured in Sopore on January 7. Within 30 minutes of the injury,he was taken to the base hospital in Udhampur district in a state of shock,with a barely detectable blood pressure,and bleeding uncontrollably. Doctors here did an emergency damage control surgery to fix the bleeding,operating on his abdomen and chest to fix his liver,lungs and diaphragm. He was immediately shifted to the hospital ICU,but two days later,doctors found excessive bleeding through his liver. He lost nearly two litres of blood. Three surgeries were performed to control the blood loss.
On January 10,the policeman was airlifted to Delhi and shifted to AIIMS.
After ten days of examining him in the ICU and conducting many investigations to identify the bleeding vessels,doctors performed another surgery in his abdomen. Though he was fine for the next 10 days,he bled again on Day 11. It was very disappointing and we really felt we might lose him then, Dr Misra said. It took doctors another 20 days of transfusions and management of other complications like jaundice,before they could consider cosmetic management of his abdominal wounds.
Dr Sushma Sagar,from the department of anesthesia,said the officer had also contracted severe infection in his lungs,which had resulted in a very complicated post-operative period.