Doctors replant chopped-off hand of a minor girl

July 07, 2014 - 10:20:55 am

LAHORE: Doctors in a rare surgical procedure at a private hospital in Lahore yesterday replanted a hand of a minor girl that was chopped off accidentally by an electric fodder cutter.

The surgeons, including Dr Rao Aslam and Dr Imran Jafary, performed 12-hour long procedure to reattach the left hand of five-year-old Sundas to her wrist.

She was playing at her Nankana Sahib house when suddenly her hand got entangled in the fodder cutter.

The family rushed her to the local district headquarters hospital from where she was referred to Lahore.

On the recommendations of the doctors, the family preserved the severed hand in a jar at four degrees centigrade before shifting the injured girl to the private facility on Jail Road.

Dr Rao, who recently passed his FCPS exam in plastic surgery, said the girl was brought to the hospital with massive blood loss. He said it took them 12 hours to complete the procedure due to the child’s very thin vessels (one millimeter).

He said the girl was in dire need of AB+ group blood and appealed to the people for donation for the girl who was struggling for life in intensive care unit of the hospital.