A fall while playing in the neighbourhood almost turned out to be a fatal one for an 8-year-old. On February 23, Sarika Chaudhary was running up the three steps of a grocery store when she lost the balance and fell.
While she got a few scratches, the impact of the fall seemed internal. Ten minutes past fall, she was lying down, she was taken to a neighbouring doctor. He examined her and gave a medicine. “We got worried when she vomited 15 minutes later and passed blood in her urine and stools,” said, Tararam Dalaram Chaudhary, her father.
Everything in the Warje area was shut as it was a Saturday. “By the time we took her to Deenanath Hospital, they were unable to help. We found out that Jehangir Hospital had the facilities of ICU with X-Ray, CT Scan, and emergency services. She was admitted and Dr Dasmit Singh attended her, and sonography and CT scan revealed the impact of the fall. Dr Singh said that there’s a 50% chance that we can save her kidney. We trusted him, and the surgery was performed on her on February 25,” he added.
For Dr Singh, a paediatric surgeon at Jehangir Hospital, the case was one that needed quick action and expertise. “When she arrived, she was stable but had lost much blood. We had catheterized her, and we found blood collection in the bladder and the blood and urine leaking and collecting near the kidney. The hematoma was increasing and the CT scans showed that this injury would not heal on its own.”
Given the upper and lower fragments of the kidney were in working condition, the doctors were keen to treat the kidney and preserve the body rather than lose an organ, and opting for nephrectomy was the other option. Three types of catheters were initially placed in the 3-hour-long surgery. “Post-surgery, there was abdominal distension, but once the kidney started healing – the urine stopped leaking,” Dr Singh added.
Dr Singh highlights that it is crucial to ensure that our home and neighbourhood are safe for our children and they should be made aware of the safety. “Child safety for parents has to be key. Also, the human body can be treated provided facilities exist, and experts are available, and parents must look for that option.”
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