New Delhi: Labourer gets pierced by 5-ft-long bamboo, survives

New Delhi: A 33-year-old man pierced by a bamboo pole, from groin to his armpit, had a narrow escape as he suffered no major damage to his internal organs even as doctors feared the worst.

On October 2, Dashrath, a native of Kanpur, was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, with an injury to his scrotal region and abdomen extending up to his chest.

“When asked how he got it, he told us that he was working at a construction site in Gurgaon when he fell from a height of around 12 feet and landed on a blunt-ended bamboo pole, which penetrated all the way from his groin area and exited through the right armpit,” said Dr Vimal Bhandari, consultant (Surgery) and head of Kidney Transplant Dept at Safdarjung Hospital.

Dashrath was treated for his wounds and was kept under observation for the next 12 days before being discharged. “Such cases are one in a thousand. Dashrath was lucky that his organs were not at all injured given the dreadful nature of the accident,” said another doctor.

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