Raj Bala undergoes tracheotomy; on ventilator
Raj Bala is undergoing treatment for spine injuries she suffered during police action against the supporters of yoga guru Ramdev at Ramlila Maidan.
New Delhi: Doctors at GB Pant hospital
on Monday conducted the life saving tracheotomy procedure on Raj
Bala, who is undergoing treatment for spine injuries she
suffered during police action against the supporters of yoga
guru Ramdev at Ramlila Maidan.
Doctors, attending to the 51-year-old Gurgaon resident
at the Neurosurgery Department ICU of the hospital here, said,
"Her condition remains the same as before. She is very
critical and her vital parameters are being maintained with
increased pharmacological support."
Tracheotomy has been performed for providing prolonged
ventilator support, they said.
Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure to create an
opening through the neck into the trachea (windpipe). A tube
is usually placed through this opening to provide an airway
and to remove secretions from the lungs. This tube is called a
tracheotomy tube or trach tube. The tube is changed regularly
to avoid infection.
Bala had undergone surgery on June 5 for cervical
spinal injuries. Doctors had done decompression and fixation
using plate, screw and cage.
Meanwhile, doctors today removed her stitches and
found her surgical wounds clean and healthy. They also said
that there is no major fluctuation in her blood pressure and
Currently, she is on the ventilator, he said.
Doctors also said that her neurological status remains
unchanged and she is quadriplegic (paralysis caused by illness
or injury to a human).