Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: A 37-year-old housewife who sustained serious injuries in her left hand in a road accident and subsequently was suffering from brachial plexus avulsion (paralysed arm) for nearly 14 months has undergone a complicated microsurgery performed with imported equipment and received assistance under the ‘Chief Minister’s Life Saving Medical Insurance Scheme.’

When C. Brownsy of Pettai near Tirunelveli town was going to Tuticorin in a bike with her brother and two children, she met with a road accident on reaching the port town.

While her children and her brother were killed on the spot, Ms. Brownsy’s left hand was crushed.

Though the doctors attended to her immediately after the accident, they concentrated on saving her life and subsequently healing the nearly mutilated hand. No attention was paid to identify the possible nerve root avulsion (brachial plexus avulsion), which came to light only after she was discharged from the hospital.

“My left hand was totally motionless and the only solace was that there was blood circulation in the hand. When I took this problem (lack of sensation in the left hand) to orthopaedic surgeon S. Venkatesh Babu, he told me that I’d have to undergo two surgeries immediately,” recalls Ms. Brownsy.

A team of doctors performed two procedures for more than seven hours.

“When I came to know that her husband, a labourer, cannot meet the medical expenses, I discussed this issue with Collector M. Jayaraman to explore the possibilities of getting assistance from the Chief Minister’s insurance scheme. “Though this microsurgery has not been included in the list of ailments that can be treated under this scheme, the Collector’s efforts ensured that Ms. Brownsy got Rs.15,000,” Dr. Venkatesh Babu said.