African student injured in road mishap discharged from AIIMS
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Last Updated: Monday, June 07, 2010, 21:01
New Delhi: An African national who was seriously injured in a road accident recently in which two iron rods jutting out of a truck pierced his body was discharged from AIIMS today.

Adoma, 22, a student of information technology (IT) and a national of Ivory Coast, met with a major accident when two iron rods, each weighing 15 kg, pierced through and came out from the other side.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here, Dr Amit Gupta, assistant professor, department of surgery, AIIMS Trauma Centre said, "He is hale and hearty and fit to be discharged. He has to come here only for his routine physiotherapy. All the other injuries have been taken care of."

Accompanied by his mother, Adoma said, "I do not remember much about the incident... This is my second birth. There must be something worthy in store for me that I am walking out of this hospital fit and fine.

"I thank all the doctors, the fire brigade men and the police officials because of whom I am alive today. I have decided I will not leave this city till I have completed my studies," he said.

The incident happened near Savitri cinema in south Delhi on April 19 after the car in which he was travelling along with a friend rammed into a truck-laden with iron rods.

Doctors at the AIIMS had to remove a portion of his lung to successfully complete a four-hour surgery while removing the rods piercing his chest.

His friend, Cheika, also an African national was also hurt in the accident and a rod pierced his leg. He was discharged a week ago.

This is the second such successful case where doctors in the city have successfully removed iron rods that went through the body of an accident victim.

In 2008, doctors in AIIMS had operated upon Supratim Dutta after a five-ft long iron angle that had rammed into the bonnet of the car pierced the dashboard and impaled him through the torso.


First Published: Monday, June 07, 2010, 21:01

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