VISAKHAPATNAM: The doctors of Seven Hills Hospital performed a rare surgery on a patient whose face was totally damaged in a bear attack. After two phases of surgery, the patient’s condition is stable now. The hospital authorities produced him before the newsmen Tuesday.
M Narasimhulu of Berhampur (Odisha), was attacked by three bears on Aug 24, damaging his face severely. A part of skull bone and brain of Narasimhulu was left exposed after the incident, while his facial skeleton was broken. The locals rushed him to nearby hospital where doctors suggested that he be shifted to Visakhapatnam.
Consultant plastic surgeon Anjali Saple and her team at the Seven Hills Hospital performed a 10 hour-long microsurgery and transplanted a muscle from the patient’s back to cover the skull bone and brain. Four days after he gained stability, Narasimhulu’s facial skeleton was fixed in a five-hour surgery.
Neurosurgeon PV Ramana, intensivists Kuchelababu and Mohan Rao were part of the team. Medical superintendent M Dinakar was present.