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Docs stick necks out to save man.

His windpipe, food pipe &voice box were slit

A MAN whose neck was badly damaged and almost detached from his body after a road mishap has been miraculously saved.

Dulichand Yadav, 40, was riding a scooter in west Delhi's Nangloi area on the night of September 2, when he lost balance and crashed into a truck loaded with tin sheets.

Even though Yadav, a property dealer, was wearing a helmet, the impact was so strong the tin sheets pierced his neck, cutting his voice box, windpipe and food pipe.

A resident of Sultanpuri, Yadav was rushed to the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Mangolpuri where doctors gave him first aid. After he stopped bleeding, he was referred to Dr B. L. Kapur Memorial Hospital for surgery.

" He was brought to us at around 2.30 am. We were shocked to see the condition of the patient as his neck was about to be parted from his body. He was bleeding profusely and his voice box had fallen out," head of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr A. S. Bath said.

Dr DJS Tulla, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, said: " The tin cut his airway through which we breathe. All of his neck muscles were damaged. He was lucky that some of the main blood vessels of the neck which supply blood to the brain were undamaged." As no air was going inside the patient's body, the doctors made an airway by inserting an artificial pipe. " We did the formal tracheostomy," ENT specialist Dr Neha Sood said.

Tracheostomy is a surgical procedure to create an opening through the neck into the trachea ( windpipe). A tube is usually placed through this opening to provide an airway.

Dr Bath and Dr Tulla then took over and performed the complex surgery that took six hours. " The surgery was challenging.

We reconstructed the windpipe, voice box, food pipe and the neck musculature. He was in the intensive care unit for three to four days. Now he has been shifted to the ward.

He is responding to the vocal commands," Dr Tulla said.

" He cannot speak now, but he will be able to do so soon.

We have controlled the infection.

His hospital stay may stretch to another seven to 10 days. As far as his total recovery is concerned, it may take him three to six months," he added.

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Date:Sep 16, 2012
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