Oman boy gets second 'shot' at life at Aster Medcity

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Yousif with his father Yaqoob and Dr Sajan Koshy | Photo: PR

Kochi: Eight-year-old Yousif had been playing in his home in Oman when an airgun pellet shot by another boy in the vicinity struck his neck, nearly damaging his windpipe. While no hospital in the country was willing to take the risk of surgery, Aster Medcity, Kochi welcomed Yusuf with open arms to give him a chance at life again.

“Extraction of shrapnel is a risky procedure. If the shrapnel is not in a sensitive part of the body, we do not recommend extracting it as this may result in complications. But in Yousif’s case, CT scans showed that the pellet was in a very fatal position in front of the neck, millimetres away from his trachea and thyroid gland. The severity of the case is what made us move immediately and conduct the procedure as soon as possible”, said Dr. Sajan Koshy, Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon at Aster Medcity, Kochi who has dealt with shrapnel extraction cases before.

The team of doctors successfully conducted the procedure in a matter of two hours after evaluating the CT scan of the three-dimensional location of the gunshot pellet in Yousif’s neck.

Three months of risky ailing was able to be solved in a matter of five days, followed by a final check-up at the hospital. With a smooth post-surgery recovery, Yousif and his family were able to travel back to Oman.

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