Delhi hospital performs complex facial surgery, saves teenager

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Doctors at Fortis Hospital here successfully performed a complex surgery on a 14-year-old boy whose neck and face were impaled by a metal fence while he was playing in a park.

Saksham Gadia, a class nine student, was accidentally hurt while chasing a ball in a park. The teenager tried to jump over a fence and lost his footing. His head landed on the grill which pierced him below the right jawbone, breaking it into two.

The impact resulted in the impalement of his neck and face. He was stuck in this position, with the grill entering his mouth, from the neck and breaking his jawbone.

“When he was brought to the hospital, his jaw bone was fractured with displacement of both ends. He was also bleeding profusely from his neck and mouth,” Associate Consultant (Department of Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery) Rajat Gupta, said in a statement.

“We ligated his bleeding vessels, irrigated his wound and cleaned it off debris. The wound was repaired in layers, leaving behind a drain at neck. His lower jaw bone fragments were replaced in position and held temporarily with arch bars and wires,” explained Richie Gupta, Senior Consultant (Department of Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery).

“Three days later, via an internal approach, plating and fixation of his lower jaw was done under general anaesthesia,” Gupta added.

Doctors call this a miraculous escape for the teenager. “Had the grill pierced him anywhere else within a few centimeters from the affected area, it could have been fatal,” Richie said.

Saksham has been recovering well under regular check-up with his doctors.

–IANS

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