Man impaled by iron bar is ’stable but critical’

July 18th, 2008 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Supratim Dutta, an IT executive who survived an accident in which an iron bar pierced his liver, stomach and a lung, was recovering following an operation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and doctors Friday said his condition is “stable but critical”. “I can say his condition is stable but critical. Stable because he is responding well to medicine and critical because he has just faced such a major operation,” said Biplab Mishra, who led a team of eight doctors to save Dutta’s life.

Subodh Kumar, another surgeon at the AIIMS trauma centre, said that there was not much progress in Dutta’s condition.

“He is doing breathing exercise regularly and taking liquid food. We are giving all medicines in injection form,” Kumar told IANS.

Dutta, an 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, 22, 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.

A team of doctors made a 15-inch incision in Dutta’s chest, cut seven ribs and removed the spleen in order to take out the iron bar weighing over six kg.

The iron bar had injured the front of the 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 has 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.

Mishra said this was an uncommon surgery and Dutta still ran an infection risk. “But by god’s grace we have not found any infection even six days after the surgery took place.”

“He may experience severe pain at times after a couple of years but that can be managed through medication. I don’t think he stands any chance of disability,” Mishra said, adding that a team of doctors is keeping a close watch on Dutta’s condition.

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