Two months ago, he had been shot nine times during a gunfire battle with terrorists. Suffering from life-threatening injuries as a result of it, he slipped into a deep coma. And now, CRPF commandant Chetan Kumar Cheetah has not only recovered but, according to the doctors who provided timely medical intervention, he is ready to be discharged soon.
The attack that left Chetan battling for his life took place on February 14 in Bandipora district of Kashmir. He was first taken to a military hospital to be treated for his injuries, which included bullet injuries in the head and fractured limbs. Given the severity of his injury, he was airlifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre where he was provided crucial life-saving medical treatment by the doctors at hand. Within 24 hours of his having been admitted, a surgery was conducted to reduce the intra-cranial pressure wherein the surgeons removed a portion of his skull.
One of the doctors spoke to Times of India about various teams and departments in the hospital that came together to save his life. “Once he was stable, different teams operated separately to treat the injuries. Ophthalmologists took care of the wound in left eye but the right eye couldn’t be repaired; orthopedics worked on the fracture in the limbs while critical care experts planned his antibiotic therapy.”
Most recently, Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, visited Chetan.
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As for Chetan himself, he will soon be returning to his home in Delhi to his wife and two children.