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Picking up the pieces

While many of those injured in the blast have been discharged, 24 people remain hospitalised, out of which three are critical

The high intensity blast that took place outside Delhi High Court on Wednesday, killing 13 and injuring more than 70 people, has changed the lives of many. Out of these, 57 were admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, four at Safdarjung, three at AIIMS trauma centre, two each at AIIMS and Max Hospital, Saket and one each at Moolchand and Lok Nayak Hospital.


Out for blood: Long queue at the blood bank at RML Hospital after the
blast at Delhi High Court on Wednesday. File pic


Out of the 57 admitted to RML Hospital, 33 have been discharged. According to doctors, three of the victims are still in a critical state."24 of them are still in hospital; all of them recovering. But, three of the victims are still critical," said Dr Sunil Saxena, casualty medical officer, RML.

Surgeries for duo
A 200-member team, including 70 doctors, was pressed into emergency duty on Wednesday. Most of the injured have received shrapnel wounds. Two of the victims - Ronald and John Nagar - who were immediately shifted to Max Hospital, Saket, from RML, will soon undergo plastic surgery.

Ronald had suffered severe blast injuries, most of them in the lower limbs. He suffered multiple compound fractures in his right foot, and also sustained an orbital floor fracture (bone under the eye). "In a 3-hour surgery, a 5cm nail embedded in the bone of the right foot, and dead contaminated tissues from the wounds were removed. In spite of severe eye socket injury, his eyesight has been retained, although a detailed examination will follow suit. We will be treating the wounds and will go for a reconstructive plastic surgery next week," said Dr Sunil Choudhary, director, Max Institute of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. His brother John too has suffered multiple blast injuries with severe cavitations (deep holes) formed in the left leg. He has also sustained compound joint fractures in the left hand.

Hoping for the best
"A surgical clean-up of wounds, on the lines of those conducted for Ronald, and a surgery was carried out for John as well. Continuous blood transfusion is being conducted for blood loss. Another surgical clean up has just been successfully conducted with application of negative pressure therapy. John will require reconstructive plastic surgery in the next 2-3 days," added Dr Chaudhary.

Meanwhile, others admitted at AIIMS trauma centre are also recovering. Harish Kumar, 41, who was operated for multiple limb fracture, along with the other three admitted there, is stable now. "Two of them will undergo surgeries next week. We cannot say anything about their being discharged. It will take at least a week," said Dr M C Mishra, chief of centre, AIIMS trauma centre.

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