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Miraculous escape for Indian worker.

Abu Dhabi: An Indian worker in Abu Dhabi miraculously survived a crane accident when a massive steel bar punctured his thigh, shattering his bones and muscles.

Mohammad Jaleel, 37 from Jharkhand, India had lost more than 2.5 litres of blood and had a gaping 15 cm hole on his left thigh when he was rushed to the LLH Hospital in Mussafah on October 30.

"I remember I was screaming in pain. I felt unbearable pain on my legs before I fell unconscious," Jaleel told XPRESS.

The construction worker said he was standing next to a crane that was moving five tonnes of steel when the accident happened. "The crane stopped accidentally, and the steel bar came off the grip and went slicing into my thigh."

Doctors at LLH told XPRESS it was a medical challenge to save the worker's life

"He was bleeding profusely when he was brought to the hospital at around 2.30 pm. He was semi-conscious and in shock because of the pain," said Dr. Kiran Kumar, trauma and spine surgeon.

"His thigh bone was shattered into more than 15 pieces and his muscles were ripped apart. The steel bar had gone through his thigh leaving a huge entry and exit wound," said the doctor.

An emergency team of five doctors operated upon Jaleel conducting the preliminary life saving treatment, including blood and fluid replacement and supporting his fracture with an external fixator.

Jaleel underwent three more surgeries during his 18-day stay at the hospital, but doctors said it is unlikely he can walk ever again.

"He has no muscle left on the thigh and it cannot be reconstructed. He may have to amputate his leg, said Dr. Kumar.

Jaleel, who is a father of two kids aged five and ten, flew to his home state on Tuesday.

He said he is thankful to the doctors and his company that has promised to fund his treatment in India.

"This is my second birth. I still cannot believe that I am alive," Jaleel told XPRESS on his way to the airport.

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Date:Nov 20, 2014
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