A migrant labourer from Uttar Pradesh, who suffered a near fatal accident at a construction site in Chembur, got a new lease of life after a team of seven doctors removed an iron rod lodged deep inside his body, from chest to neck and scalp. While he remains critical, doctors are hopeful the 24-year-old will survive.
On Tuesday, Rakesh Jadhav fell from a height of 13 feet on top of iron rods erected for pillars. According to doctors, a three-feet rod entered his chest, passing through armpit, neck and into his brain. Within four hours of his fall, a team of seven doctors, including oncosurgeon, neurosurgeon, anaesthetist and a surgical team conducted a five-hour surgery, to remove the rod, risking the food and wind pipe as well as major blood vessels.
“The rod passed very close to the brain stem cell, but luckily did not injure it. That could have led to his death,” said neurosurgeon Dr Batuk Diyora. The rod had, however, damaged the vein that carries blood from brain to heart, leading to blood loss.
Doctors added that the two major vessels that supply blood to brain were also at the risk of injury during surgery.
“The rod pierced through the chest, neck and entered the brain and exited from scalp. A pre-operation CT scan and angiograms were performed to check the exact extent of injury to brain and main blood vessels. Precision was important as even minute mistake would have led to his death as the rod was removed out of the brain, where it was touching the major blood vessels and sinus,” said Dr Roy Patankar, director at Zen multi-specialty hospital, where Jadhav was admitted.
About a feet of the rod remained lodged in Jadhav’s tissues. The doctors first cut the scalp bone through tracheotomy to loosen the rod, followed by a cut in the neck. The rod was removed from below the neck.
According to doctors, Jadhav remains critical on ventilator, but is recuperating. A CT scan is conducted every 12 hours to check if any internal bleeding is occurring. “It was an unhygienic rod that passed through several tissues. There is risk of infection, internal bleeding in his body for a few days,” neurosurgeon Diyora said.
Govandi Senior Inspector, Shashikant Mane, said: “As of now, we are making enquiries and an FIR should be registered in a day or two.”