Agartala: Doctors in Kolkata have performed a rare operation and saved the life of an 18-year-old Tripura girl who was struck in her left eye by an iron arrow which pierced through 4 mm of the rearmost part of her skull.According to the girl`s family members, the 28 cm arrow abruptly hit Itu Rani Jamatia, a Class 12 student, Jan 6 while she was playing with her younger brother at Bishramganj, some 40 km south of here."The girl was shifted from two hospitals before being moved to Peerless Hospital in Kolkata Jan 7. In a five-hour surgery, neurosurgeons removed the arrow from Rani`s eye," Nagendra Jamatia, the girl`s relative, told reporters.
"This type of operation was only the sixth successful one in the world and second in India," he said. According to Jamatia, a veteran tribal leader and former Tripura agriculture minister, the rare surgery was conducted with the help of donations coming from across the state as Rani`s poverty-stricken family was unable to bear the cost of treatment."Over Rs.700,000, including collections ranging from Rs.1 to Rs.5, was collected from across the state," he said. The tribals in the hilly terrain of the northeastern states have for generations been keeping arrows and bows to protect themselves from wild animals and to kill birds to eat."After Rani`s incident, the tribals have started breaking their arrows and bows and started a campaign against killing birds," Jamtia added.Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar Saturday night visited the tribal girl.IANS