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Doctors successfully removed 4-ft iron rod from child’s belly

By Subhabrata Das     Mar 13, 2009 in World
Doctors successfully removed a four-foot (1.2 meter) iron rod from the belly of a three-year-old boy in Ranchi, India. The rod was reportedly pierced through his stomach when he was playing Holi on the terrace of his house.
On Thursday, Mehul Kumar, a three-year-old boy from the city of Ranchi, in north India, was playing Holi on the terrace of his grandparents’ house when he suddenly fell on an iron rod left standing on the under-construction terrace. The rod reportedly pierced through his body and then broke, leading to his fall from the roof.
Raja Kumar Vishwakarma, uncle of Mehul, said he was immediately taken to the local Hazaribagh sadar hospital from where the doctors, after giving first aid, referred him to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi. Mehul was brought to Ranchi within two hours of the incident where doctors performed the operation.
Dr Sandeep Agarwal, along with five other doctors carried out the three-hour-long surgery to remove the rod safely from the stomach of the boy. Dr. Agarwal said: "We first removed the rod following which an operation was done to repair the vital organs that had been injured.''
"Mehul Kumar is out of danger,” He added.
The rod reportedly caused two-layer injury in liver and four-layer injury in the stomach and large gut and boy needed 500 ml blood to transfuse during operation.
RIMS director N N Agarwal said: "Mehul would recover fast and properly because he is a child and most of his vital organs are in the process of development.''
In July last year, the doctors of All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi reportedly performed a six-hour surgery to remove a five-foot (1.5 meter) iron rod from the chest of the 22-year-old Supratim Dutta after a road accident.
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