by The Welthi Bureau
It was a day to remember for the Orthopaedics team of Gandhi Hospital Unit 2—they had successfully conducted a Shoulder Hemi-Arthroplasty or Shoulder Replacement Surgery.
This was perhaps the first time that any government hospital in India had performed this one-of-a-kind replacement surgery. The procedure was carried out in conjunction with the assistance provided by Helping Hand Foundation, a Hyderabad-based nonprofit.
How It Happened
The patient was Md. Sadiq, a 32-year-old daily wager who had come to Hyderabad in search of employment.
Md. Sadiq sustained electric shock trauma when he was trying to check an overhead water tank. He was attempting to climb on top of the water tank but was unfortunate enough to come into contact with a metal pipe that had live current passing through it. The shock left a severe injury to his left arm and shoulder, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital and subsequently taken to Gandhi Hospital.
“After his accident, Md. Sadiq was rushed to Gandhi Hospital. The Orthopaedic Trauma team—upon evaluation—found that his shoulder was crushed. The impact of the electric shock had left him with a four-part fracture and dislocation of the shoulder, which was beyond reconstruction,” said Dr. G. Ramesh, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at Gandhi Hospital.
A Generous Gesture
The doctors concluded that a Shoulder Hemi-Arthroplasty would have to be performed to save the patient’s hand. But the cost for the ‘Modular Neers Prosthesis’ was ₹ 78,000—an amount that Md. Sadiq simply could not afford. Mr. Mujtaba Hasan Askari and Helping Hand Foundation came to the rescue and sponsored the cost of the prosthesis.
Md. Sadiq was operated upon by Gandhi Hospital’s highly competent team of Orthopaedic Surgeons, comprising Dr. G. Ramesh, Dr. Ashok Ohatker, Dr. Radhakrishna and Dr. Sudheer, under the guidance of Dr. Yalya, HOD and Professor of Orthopaedics at Gandhi Hospital.
And that’s how Md. Sadiq, a father of two, was given a new lease of life. He is undergoing physiotherapy to restore mobility and will be back to normal in three to six months.
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