Kolkata: A 3.5-feet-long iron rod was successfully removed by doctors in Kolkata from the skull of a youth.
The 24 years old Tarikh suffered severe brain damage after the metal pierced through his forehead and the cranium in a car accident. The patient discharged on Tuesday.
“Tarique suffered a car accident on April 28 in which a 3.5 ft long iron rod of the roadside divider broke and went through his forehead leaving him profusely bleeding and with very little life expectancy when he was brought to the hospital,” said Binod Kumar Singhania, consultant neuro surgeon at the hospital.
“The case was extremely tricky as the biggest challenge was to minimise the bleeding inside the skull after removing the metal rod. As the brain remains enclosed inside the skull, too much bleeding could have damaged a large number of brain cells that may have led to the patient’s death,” the doctor said.
The doctor revealed they had to get on with the surgery without much prior knowledge about the extent of the patient’s brain damage as it was difficult to conduct a CT scan with such a big piece of metal stuck in his head.
They eventually removed the rod through a unique endoscopic process with proper haemostasis — a process which causes bleeding to stop. Singhania admitted that he hasn’t performed such an operation in his 30-year-long career as a neurosurgeon.