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Unconscious & unidentified,boy battles for life at AIIMS

This is the “current” address,in police records,of a boy brought to the hospital with a severed left leg and right arm on April 28.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2012 1:35:56 am

Bed number 11,General ICU,AIIMS Trauma Centre.

This is the “current” address,in police records,of a boy brought to the hospital with a severed left leg and right arm on April 28.

Four days later,the boy who appears to be 10-11 years old is still unconscious — and unidentified.

It is suspected that he was hit by a train while crossing the tracks at Shakur Basti station,North Delhi. It severed his leg from the knee and hand from the elbow. He is on ventilator support.

Doctors said he was in a state of shock and his blood pressure was alarmingly low when he was brought in.

“Besides the auto amputations,the boy has severe chest and abdominal injuries. He cannot breathe on his own. He has a fracture in his other arm and a part of his windpipe is damaged,leading to air entrapment in his body. His condition is very critical,” said Dr Sushma Sagar of the Surgery department.

The boy has had surgeries in the stomach,reconstructive surgery to “modify” his amputated limbs and a procedure to fix the fractured humerus bone in his right arm.

“It is a severe polytrauma case and his chest infection makes the problem more critical. He has injuries in his right lung,which makes self-breathing difficult. We are hoping he will make it,since he is so young,” said Dr M C Misra,chief of AIIMS Trauma Centre.

Doctors are also contemplating reconstructive surgery in his left hand.

With no relatives to take decisions for him,two senior doctors from super-specialty disciplines will be signing their consent for the surgery.

“It’s rare to get an unidentified child with such grievous injuries. The police involvement has not helped as nobody has come forward to identify him till now. He has not opened his eyes even once,” a nurse at the ICU said.

Police said the boy was found lying on the tracks by locals. “There was nothing on his person to identify him — no belongings and nothing in his pockets. We rushed him to Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital in Rohini,but his injuries were so severe that doctors referred him to the AIIMS Trauma Centre,” a police officer from Sarai Rohilla station said.

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