A group of dedicated doctors in Jharkhand came together to do everything they could to save the life of an unidentified boy who had been brought to the hospital with extremely severe injuries – even if that meant donating their own blood and performing a surgery at a great risk.
A 14-year-old boy was brought to Sadar Hospital, which is located in in Daltonganj city (Palamu district), by railway police. His leg had been nearly chopped off and several of his bones had been crushed. It had been concluded that he had most likely had an accident after falling off a speeding train and the situation seemed hopeless.
But the doctors weren’t ready to give up on him. For starters, it was found that the boy needed immediate blood transfusion but the hospital’s blood bank didn’t have enough blood of his blood group. Without hesitation, staffers and doctors from the hospital stepped up to donate their own blood.
Then the hospital’s orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Praveen Siddharth, took a massive risk of his own by conducting a tricky surgery to treat the patient’s leg before it turned septic and fatal.
Incredibly, despite the fact that the young boy’s family was not around, other colleagues supported Dr Siddarth to go ahead with the surgery.
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Speaking to The Indian Express, Dr Siddarth said, “People advised me against any surgery, as the patient’s relatives were not there but I realised that if the infected parts were not removed, the leg would turn septic. And that could have proven fatal. On April 15, I decided to go ahead with the operation. My seniors and colleagues cooperated.”
As there was a lot of blood loss during the surgery, there was once more a need for blood transfusion. Sensing that it will take too long to arrange for it, Dr Siddarth donated his blood post the surgery. The hospital also arranged for facilities and services (such as a CT scan) that were not available in the premises to make sure this boy lived.
Not only was his life saved but once he was identified and out of the woods, he was discharged and sent home to his family. His father, an autorickshaw driver in Jamshedpur called Rishi Kapoor, praised the work done by the doctors, deeming it no less than an actual miracle.