DAINIK NATION BUREAU
A team of doctors of Kailash hospital here performed a successful facial reconstruction surgery on a victim of bear attack. Bimla Devi (53 years) a resident of Paithani village in Narayanbagad area of Chamoli district was mauled by a bear on January 14 this year when she had a chance encounter with a bear. Bimla Devi managed to extricate herself from the attack which left her with severe damage on left portion of her face.
She was initially given treatment in the community health centre at Karnprayag, from where she was referred to higher centre on January 31 for reconstruction surgery of her face. She was later treated at another hospital in Dehradun from where she was shifted to Kailash hospital. The head of hospital’s plastic and reconstructive surgery department Dr Harish Ghildiyal informed media persons here that a highly sophisticated microvascular surgery to transplant tissue from another part of the body to her face was required. He said that her zygomatic and maxilla bones were severely damaged.
“A major micro vascular tissue transfer surgery on 13 February was conducted which took 12 hours to auto transplant patient’s right forearm skin along with its blood vessels to the left side of the face. Highly sophisticated and advanced surgery involved the reattaching of the very fine blood vessels of the forearm to the neck under the operating microscope with specialised equipment and instruments to restore the blood flow to the auto transplanted forearm skin,’’ he said.
The surgery was successful and the hospital authorities are planning to discharge the patient soon. Bimla Devi and her husband Shiv Dutt Devradi were also present on the occasion.
The Medical Superintendent of hospital, Dr Sanil Kapoor said that the apart from Dr Ghildiyal the team consisted of Anesthetics Dr Sanjiv Nivargi and Dr Praveen Verma.
He said that the hospital is committed to provide quality super specialty treatment to the patients with very reasonable prices. Dr Kapoor informed that the hospital has decided to observe free of cost OPDs on Sundays and claimed that all unknown accident victims if brought to the hospital would be provided free emergency care.