Little Darshan, who was over three years old, screamed in pain. The father next to him was helpless with nothing to do. Realizing the helplessness, the ambulance driver rushed to the Accident Ward of the Colombo General Hospital.
“Take the child to the emergency department of the children’s hospital as soon as possible” we will inform here and there.
According to the emergency department of the Colombo General Hospital, the ambulance from Hendala, Wattala flew to Ridgeway Children’s Hospital.
At this point, the emergency department staff at the Children’s Hospital were ready to receive the patient.
“Please sir … save my child. His hand got stuck in the dhal making machine. Darshan’s father cried and said helplessly.
The condition of the child’s right hand was deteriorating. Although there was no risk to life, rescuing the severely injured right hand stuck in the iron tool was a really complicated and problematic situation. However, this challenge was taken up by Dr. Romesh Gunasekara, a specialist in plastic surgery at the Ridgeway Children ‘s Hospital Emergency Department.
“At first glance, we could not see that it was easy to pull the baby out of the iron. Because an operating theater does not have iron cutting tools.
So I immediately went to the new building on the Ridgeway Hospital grounds.
” Dr. Randil de Alwis, a training specialist who met us to find out about this, said.
The Navy was involved in the construction of the new building on the Ridgeway Hospital grounds. The doctor who went to the engineering section of the army kindly informed about the accident of the child and the problematic situation faced by his team in this regard.
“We have to get permission from above to come forward,” they said. Accordingly, Dr. Randil de Alwis, a trained specialist, joined them and began to educate the senior officers of the Navy.
“Then the officers came with me with the necessary equipment. The first thing our medical team did was to dress the two naval officers in operating room clothes and sterilize all the equipment.
” Accordingly, two of the five naval officers entered the operating room and under the supervision of the medical team cut the carpenter into pieces like a pit bamboo.
Dr. Randil de Alwis, a trained specialist, assisted the Navy soldier in carrying out his duties diligently.
“Cutting like this can cause further injuries to the child’s hand. That is why we were careful. ”
While the operation was being carried out in this manner, a team of specialist medical officers had launched a cover operation to rescue all the other medical equipment in the operating theater. Enduring the harsh sound that can be heard throughout that operating theater.
“At this point, even a saw blade broke and fell off. But fortunately it did not hurt us. ”
Not only that, the iron cutting machine heats up. As a result, I had to put up with the hassle and cut the iron into pieces.
” This way it took about two hours. As the clock ticked and moved forward, God reminded Darshan’s son’s father, who was outside the operating theater, with tears in his eyes, wishing him the next good news.
“Actually, it was only after we removed the iron tool that we saw the severity of the accident.
The second finger (thumb) of the child’s right hand was completely paralyzed. Those blood vessels had ruptured. In addition, two bones were broken. There were also serious injuries to my arm and back.
” The medical team first focused on whether the damaged toe could be quickly restored. Accordingly, they made a concerted effort to connect the severed blood vessels to the thumb.
“We did this with great confidence. Our commitment really worked. Fortunately for the child, our team felt that the finger was recovering. This is unthinkable. That kid is really a very lucky kid. The team of specialists then proceeded to repair the broken bone.
“In this way we performed the operation until 3 am the next day. We continued to seek advice from Dr. Romesh Gunasekara, a specialist in our anesthesiology team. This is truly a memorable surgery for our team.
“How can we do this without the support of the Navy? They cut the lentils into pieces with a saw. Our team helped them with that. ”
“Somehow we have to send this child to clinics from now on. Because of the need for physiotherapy treatment.
“Even if the operation is successful, the parents should take care of the son very carefully in the future”
Dr. Randil de Alwis, a specialist in training, concluded his 7-hour talk on plastic surgery. But we can not end this story. That’s because the tragedy beneath this sad story feels good.
Some time ago, scholar Edward Jayakody sang a sentimental song.
That ‘s it. “The spinning wheel … the little cart I’m sitting To cross the sidewalks Push Karan son …
” This song is not the story of a family in poverty.
A story of the whole poor. It shows the support and support of many families, even six or four children who are struggling to make ends meet. It is not an exaggeration. It is a social reality that we do not know.
The tragedy of Darshan’s son’s family is the same. Everyone at home helps his father, who makes dhal wade and sells it at the junction.
“Darshan son is too young to help with these things. But the son was waiting for his sister to help him. So this is the result of Darshan’s son going to do the same while his sister moved back and forth, leaving the dhal to grind in the machine.
Actually, Mother was not at home at that time.
” This was said by a neighbor of theirs living in Hendala, Wattala.
Before concluding this story we thought we would add to this the heartfelt idea of another responsible person. It is based on an instruction given by Dr. G. Wijesuriya, Director, Ridgeway Children’s Hospital, Colombo.
“Many children are brought to our children’s hospital after being injured in this manner. In fact, most of those accidents were caused by burns. Next are the children who fell from above.
“In addition to this, even children who have fallen into small fish tanks at home and caused accidents are brought to our hospital. Especially children who have those little nuts stuck in their throats are among them.
“So adults in homes with young children should pay more attention to those children. Because even a small amount of time can be harmful to a child. ”
Somehow now the child’s right hand is safe. Even the thumb that thought it had to be cut is now alive. That humanitarian and unique surgery was performed by a team of specialists who wholeheartedly joined it. So before concluding this post, it is important to mention their names.
The team was led by Dr. Romesh Gunasekara, Head Specialist, Plastic Surgery, Ridgeway Children’s Hospital, Dr. Arunajith Gunasekara, Specialist Specialists, Randil de Alwis, Hasitha Wijesuriya, Dr. Jagath Gamage.
Not to be forgotten are Dr. Indrani, Meloni, Nalini and Darshi who worked as anesthesiologists. Mention should also be made of the leading nurses and small staff of Amali who assisted in this successful operation. That is because they deserve the victory of this victory