Nepali boy breathes free after six years

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 18 August 2018

A 15-year-old from Nepal, who had a piece of wood pierced in his nose after falling from a tree six years ago, had it successfully removed during a surgery at Sassoon General Hospital.

Pune: A 15-year-old from Nepal, who had a piece of wood pierced in his nose after falling from a tree six years ago, had it successfully removed during a surgery at Sassoon General Hospital.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Sameer Joshi, Head of Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) department, said that the young boy lived with the wooden piece for six years.

“While the boy survived the fall, a wooden piece pierced his eyes via the nose to the vertebral column. However, the doctors then could remove only the outer part of the wood because of which the wooden piece was stuck inside,” said Joshi.

After the boy was brought to Sassoon General Hospital, he was advised to get a CT scan done. “In the CT scan, it was found that an 8 cm long wooden piece was stuck in his nose. And so an endoscopy surgery was done to remove it,” said Joshi.

He further added that due to the piece stuck in the nose, the boy suffered from frequent infections.
“The boy had infections and his face had injury marks from the accident. However, after the surgery, the boy was stable. The nose and eyes were initially in a bandage. After a few days, we removed it and the boy was able to breathe normally,” said Joshi.

Dr Rahul Thakur, who was also in the team of doctors who operated on the young boy, noted that six years is a long duration.

“We very rarely see a case in India where a patient delays such an important treatment for as long as six years. What we suspect is that this particular patient did not get a proper diagnosis earlier. The outer part of the wood was removed. However, the inner part was not diagnosed. Otherwise, this type of surgery is done mostly everywhere in India,” said Thakur.

He also added that the treatment might have also been delayed, as the family was financially challenged.

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