Midnight surgery in the time of COVID-19

Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal performs a bone displacement surgery at 2 am on a six-year-old amid the lockdown

Midnight surgery in the time of COVID-19

Children are being forced to stay at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and keeping them engaged during this period can be quite difficult. Managing a hyperactive child around can be a lot riskier. The case of Asha, a six-year-old child, features both boredom and hyperactiveness.

Asha (name changed) was playing in her house when she slipped and fell down on her humerus bone, which led to the fracture of the humerus bone near the elbow joint in the middle of the night. The kid could not move her fingers and the arm. She lost sensation in her arm, which turned pale due to lack of blood supply

The child’s parents were in a state of panic and rushed her to Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal, Bangalore at 2 am in the night. The child had a swelling and a deformed left arm with no pulse. Doctors attended to her immediately and suggested an X-ray of her left arm and a doppler scan for blood supply. She was quite scared and crying, while the parents were inconsolable. Immediate treatment was done, and the parents calmed down. The X-ray report showed Asha had a severely displaced fracture of the left distal humerus with elbow joint damage. The doppler scan showed damage to the blood supply of the arm below the fracture. She also had nerve damage. 

Dr Ravichandra Kelkar, senior consultant orthopedic surgeon, did an emergency surgery. Asha had to undergo an elbow fixation surgery with the repair of blood vessels and nerves at 3 am. The child was kept under observation for the night and was discharged a day later. 

“We had to take the child’s and the parents’ history as a precautionary measure with respect to the current COVID situation. The surgery was also performed with extra care where the whole team used protective gear throughout. If the parents had delayed bringing the child to the hospital, her left arm would have been non-functional forever, ” Dr Kelkar said in a statement.

Asha, who underwent a three-hour-long surgery, is now on the road to recovery. 

 “We were quite scared of the situation. It was late in the night, and with the lockdown everywhere, we didn’t know whether the doctors would be able to attend to our child immediately. But we are glad and very thankful to the doctors from Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal for immediately attending to our daughter and for performing the surgery,“ Asha’s parents said.

Losing her arm forever would have been a nightmare. 

The hospital took all the precautionary measures required in terms of COVID, which was one of the chief concerns while going to the hospital, the parents added. 

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