The incident took place in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh

Doctors call him lucky and Ravi (name changed) by his own admission says that he has cheated death by surviving an 11,000 volt of current jolt. The incident took place in August when Ravi went to the terrace to take a phone call.

“It was dark outside and he did not know that there were high tension wires passing near the roof carrying 11,000 volts of current. Suddenly the magnetic field surrounding the mobile got mixed with the electrical field of high tension wires.

“In a fraction of a second, 11,000 volts of high voltage current entered Ravi’s body through the mobile into his ears and exited into the earth through the groin area,” said Dr. S.S. Gambhir, associate consultant, Department of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Reconstructive surgery

The patient is currently undergoing extensive reconstructive surgeries.

The incident took place in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

“Since the phone blasted near his ear, the patient suffered third degree electrical burns along the right side of the face, the groin and the thigh. He remained unconscious for 45 minutes and after being treated at Gwalior, he was referred to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on August 3,” said Dr. Gambhir.

The challenge for doctors was to salvage whatever tissues remained, prevent infection and reconstruct the damaged parts. This required multiple surgeries.

Stating that Ravi had suffered severe electrical burns, Dr. Gambir said: “The burns were so extensive on the face that the facial bone was burnt. There were severe burn injuries to the right eye. In addition to this, he had suffered extensive burns near the groin and thigh. The challenge to us was to salvage whatever tissues were remaining, prevent the infection and reconstruct the damaged structures. This required multiple surgeries and regular follow up.”

Now eight months after the accident, Ravi has undergone 10 surgeries.

Normal skin

“With these surgeries, we have managed to cover the facial bones and give him near normal skin. His groin, thighs and penile area have also been reconstructed. We are now looking at the reconstruction of eyelid and implant of eye ball,’’ added Dr. Gambhir.