Doctors save girl by removing arrow from her brain

An 18-year-old tribal girl of Tripura got a new lease of life through a rare surgery to bring out an arrow pierced her brain by a team of doctors in Kolkata.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 21:21 PM IST

Agartala: An 18-year-old tribal girl of Tripura got a new lease of life through a rare surgery to bring out an arrow pierced her brain by a team of doctors in Kolkata, family sources said on Sunday.

A 28-cm long arrow with four mm diameter, shot by his younger brother to kill birds, abruptly hit Itu Rani Jamatia, a class X11 student on January 6 last at Bishramganj, about 35 KM from here, and was shifted to a private hospital in Kolkata the next day.
About 19cm of the arrow entered her left eye and hit the brain, said neurosurgeon Asis Kumar Bhattacharyya, who led the team of doctors.

"This is a rare operation. Only six such operations were successful in the world and two in our country," said Bhattacharya, Director at the National Neurosciences Centre in Kolkata.
The operation was held on January 11 last and she would be released soon, though she had lost her vision of the left eye, the doctor said.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar visited the hospital to see the patient and expressed his good wishes for her speedy recovery yesterday.

PTI