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Bullet removed from boy’s brain

Abdul Qader Mohammed Hamed Al Alawi with his father Mohammed Hamed and neurosurgeon Sudish Karunakaran in Kochi.

Abdul Qader Mohammed Hamed Al Alawi with his father Mohammed Hamed and neurosurgeon Sudish Karunakaran in Kochi.  

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Complex surgery at a city hospital lasts eight hours

Doctors at VPS Lakeshore Hospital have removed the shrapnel of a bullet that went into an Omani boy’s brain.

It was on November 20 last year that Abdul Qader Mohammed Hamed Al Alawi, 17, accidentally fired his gun at himself as he attempted to shoot a cat that had attacked the fowl at his chicken farm in Jalan Bani Bu Ali, around 280 km from Muscat.

A part of the bullet remained inside his chin, while another piece of the projectile pierced through his tongue and nose and landed in his brain.

The shrapnel inside his chin was partly removed at a government hospital in Oman, but the boywas brought to the hospital here on December 18 to remove the piece inside the brain and the pellet that remained in the chin.

Dr. Sudish Karunakaran, head of neurosurgery, said the operation was done in two parts.

First, the doctors did the frontal craniotomy to open the skull in order to access the brain. The team took eight hours to complete the procedure done on December 20.

Later, a team of ENT and oral and maxillofacial surgeons removed the remaining bullet parts from the boy’s chin.

“I was on ventilator support for four days after the surgery, and I am now fully recovered and ready for discharge,” Abdul Qader said on Monday.

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