by Muskaan Mehta
Thanks to Osmania General Hospital, 18-year-old Abdul Qahar Khan can finally walk.
When he was in Kabul, Afghanistan, Abdul suffered a bullet injury in the pelvic region. This incident left him with a fractured hip at the tender age of 16.
How It Happened
Abdul was unfortunately caught in a crossfire between extremists and the Afghan security forces. Inadvertently, a bullet tore into his colon and went straight through his bladder, shattering his hip bone in the process.
The bullet left his body from the left side of his pelvis.
Abdul subsequently had two surgeries in Kabul—one in December 2015 and another in Jan 2016. But the bullet had left its mark—he was unable to walk.
Not only did the fractured region not heal but Abdul was also in a lot of pain.
His father, Razak, had this to say, “Some of my friends advised me to take my son to Hyderabad in India. They told me that the Osmania General Hospital in the city would treat my son for free. Soon after, I received a letter from Nader Khan Katawazi, a Member of the National Assembly. This ensured that I was given a visa for the treatment.”
OGH Comes To The Rescue
Abdul arrived at Hyderabad with his father on January 3rd. He immediately consulted the doctors in the Orthopaedic Department of OGH.
Dr K Kodandapani, Head of the Orthopaedics Dept., said, “The patient sought our treatment nearly two years after his injury. This was a complex case due to the delayed treatment. Abdul needed a hip replacement surgery. And the cost for a hip replacement device had to be sanctioned by the State Govt.”
The case was referred to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of the Telangana State Govt. Soon after, Rs. 2 lakh was sanctioned for the surgery.
The surgery was successfully performed by an orthopedic team headed by Dr. K. Kodandapani. Dr. Pandu Naik was the Chief Anaesthesiologist for the procedure.
Abdul Qahar is now able to walk and sports a grateful smile. His father Razak is positively jubilant and has profusely thanked the doctors as well as the TS Govt for giving a new lease of life to his son.
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