19. December 2008

Rod Penetrates man, shoulder to leg – Survives

The thought of a six-footlong iron rod falling from the sky and piercing through your stomach is the stuff nightmares are made of. And this is exactly what 21-year-old construction worker Santosh Kumar survived on December 1.

Stell rod penetrates Man- survives

    An unskilled worker from Bihar, India, Kumar had come to Pune ,India, a month ago seeking employment and was working at a construction site in the city. On the morning of December 1, when Kumar walked out of an under-construction building, he was hit by a six-foot-long iron rod that had slipped from a pulley ferrying the rods to the seventh floor.

    “The rod penetrated through his right shoulder to come out from the right arm, further pierced through the right side of his abdomen and traversed diagonally to come out of his left groin and went into the thigh,” said senior gastro-intestinal surgeon Gajanan Wagholikar who operated on Kumar.

    Wagholikar was assisted by senior orthopaedic surgeons J C Purohit and Deepali Gonjari, in the five-and-a-half-hour-long surgery. Kumar was grounded by the impact and lay immobilised in an odd position, writhing in agony. “Shifting the victim, in itself, was an ordeal. He had to be carried in the same position,” Wagholikar added.

    “Medical protocol is that the impaling object has to be removed only in the operation theatre, after ascertaining the damage it has done,” said Wagholikar. The rod had penetrated Kumar’s intestines in multiple locations and had made 16 holes. “Two segments of the intestine were badly damaged. While they had to be sacrificed and healthy intestine reconnected, the other holes were closed. After the operation, the patient registered a slow and steady recovery,” said Wagholikar.

    Injuries with a penetrating object lodged in the body are known as impalement injuries and are extremely rare in surgical trauma practice. 

src. Times of India


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1. navin From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 19. December 2008 at 12:18 pm

so sorry to read this news. 🙂
God give him the strength to bear pain and recover faster.

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2. Hem From INDIA (INDIA) Wrote on 19. December 2008 at 9:52 pm

I also pray for him…. and you know yesterday at my office something odd happened and one of the security guard died .

Actually he was on vigil and in the morning at around 6 am ( may be he was half asleep due to night duty ) he fell down in the parking entry from some 5 high walking lane and he died just there.. damn.. it was very odd because some one who fell only less than 5 meters down can die on the spot..

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3. Raphnix From PHILIPPINES (PHILIPPINES) Wrote on 03. January 2009 at 1:59 pm

It made me sick just imagining how did it happen to the man. It must have been an excruciating experience for the poor man.

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4. John From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 04. January 2009 at 7:46 am

Holy crap, I just threw up in my mouth. I cant even look at the picture again, I think that Im gonna be scarred for life 🙁

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5. Ernie Small From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 19. February 2009 at 6:35 am

i’m less horrified by this than just stunned that the man survived. that rod must have been falling at free-fall speeds to multiply-pierce him so. amazing.

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