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Fistula of acid attack victim closed

But doctor says hole between her food and wind pipes may reappear soon.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 28, 2013 12:08:08 am

The fistula of acid attack victim Preeti Rathi was closed using endoscopy Saturday,said Ashok Gupta,plastic surgeon at Bombay Hospital. “Fibrin glue was used to partly fill the hole between her food and wind pipes. However,this is a temporary solution and the hole will reappear soon,” he said.

With kidney malfunction,low platelet count and lung failure,her condition remains critical and doctors are wary of operating on her until she stabilises. “Preeti is still on ventilator and we are using ECMO too. Performing an operation is risky at this stage as it might spread infection,” Gupta said. A team of 12-13 specialists is monitoring her round-the-clock.

Preeti (24),a nursing graduate from Delhi,was attacked by an unidentified man minutes after she alighted from Garib Rath at Bandra Terminus. Acid entered her food pipe,damaged her eye and burnt her arms and chest. Gupta said they had not considered a skin transplant as the operation was prone to infection.

“She has lost complete vision in one eye and the other eye opens only slightly. She has been on heavy sedatives for a week,” he said.

Gupta said he was also treating four other patients of acid burns.

Soman Agrawal of the department of human rights,meanwhile,said she had appealed to the government to curb sale of domestic acid. “If acid is not easily available,such cases can be avoided,” she said.

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