CHENNAI: Apollo Hospitals, has once again showcased its expertise in handling complex surgeries by completely restructuring a shattered pelvic bone in a patient who sustained multiple fractures in an accident. The incident has also highlighted the importance of a quality trauma care for emergency situations.
Fifty-five-year old Vijay Kumar Singh from Chirkunda, Jharkhand, was riding a two wheeler when he was hit by a train and sustained multiple injuries. Singh was diagnosed with a pelvic fracture, fracture sacrum, fracture of all spinous processes of lumbar vertebrae, fractured dorsal spine, multiple fractured ribs on both sides, blood in abdomen (hemoperitoneum), and blood in chest (haemothorax).
Although he was immediately rushed to a hospital in Kolkata, his condition worsened prompting his family to look for other options.
Dr Balaji Srinivasan, consultant orthopedic surgeon at Apollo Hospitals was consulted and following his advice, a doctor and nurse from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai travelled to Kolkata and helped shift Singh to Chennai by train.
Singh was admitted to Apollo Hospitals, Chennai on July 8. A major five-hour pelvic surgery was performed, to fix the big sacral pelvic fracture. After the successful surgery, the patient was mobilized and was put on a wheelchair ready to travel back to his hometown in less than 72 hours.
Commenting about the importance of trauma care, Dr Balaji Srinivasan said, “Trauma care is as important as any other discipline in medicine and it is crucial that every hospital has the necessary comprehensive medical services in place.”
Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries.
In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010.