Braveheart Supratim, impaled on iron bar, out of hospital

July 29th, 2008 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Seventeen days after he defied death when he was impaled on an iron bar that pierced his liver, stomach and a lung, IT executive Supratim Dutta Tuesday walked out of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) — healthy and ready to carry on with life. “His condition is very normal now and he is ready to go,” said Biplab Mishra, the surgeon who led an eight-member team of doctors to operate upon the 23-year-old Dutta.

Describing the case as a “learning experience”, Mishra said the possibility of an infection loomed but luckily no such problem was encountered.

“Since a five feet long iron bar had entered his body, we were expecting infection but were fortunate enough not to face the problem,” Mishra told reporters.

Though Dutta was going home, “we have advised him not to lift any heavy objects for the next six months as it may lead to bleeding”, Mishra said.

The HCL executive was going to his office early morning July 12 when his driver fell asleep at the wheel and rammed the vehicle into a Delhi Metro Construction site at Ghitorni, on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road in south Delhi.

An iron bar pierced through the bonnet of the car, impaled Dutta’s chest and fixed him to his car seat. Braveheart Dutta called his friend and family members in an immobile condition.

His friend and the police brought him to the hospital after cutting the bar with an iron cutter.

The iron bar had injured the front part of Dutta’s abdomen, liver (which sustained a 3-cm laceration), stomach (a 10-cm laceration). The diaphragm had ruptured in two places, and the upper half of his spleen was shattered.

There was a 4-cm laceration on the left lung and his ribs were fractured behind the torso along the chest wall.

Doctors said the executive was fortunate as the iron bar had not affected his heart and the left kidney was missed by millimetres. He was also lucky not to sustain any injury on his aorta, a major blood vessel near the heart.

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