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Scissors that pierced woman’s skull removed; patient fine


The neurosurgeon of Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital have once again demonstrated their skill and mettle as they have successfully removed the scissors that pierced into the skull of a 39-year-old beedi roller, who is excellent now, thanks to the pre and post-operative care taken by the doctors.

When Lakshmi (name changed on request) of Tenkasi was brought to the TVMCH around the midnight of March 25 last, the doctors on duty were shocked on seeing the scissors that had pierced into her skull.

“When I examined the nature of the injury after a few radiological investigations, the scissors, being used by the woman for beedi-rolling, had damaged the dura mater and even the brain, in which the metal object had caused two-cm-deep cut,” said S. Joel Dhanapandian, Head, Department of Neurosurgery, TVMCH, who led a team of doctors that successfully removed the scissors after a 90-minute-long surgery.

After making a hole near the point, where the scissors had pierced the skull, the doctors removed it.

“Since the scissors, which had pierced even the brain, would cause profuse bleeding on being removed during the surgery, we created the second hole to enable us to reach the brain immediately on removing the scissors to arrest the bleeding,” Dr. Joel explained.

The victim’s recovery was uneventful and she became perfectly alright within next 15 days. “Even after being discharged from the TVMCH, she was asked to come to the hospital every day for 60 days as we wanted to ensure that all her movements, speech and other activities are perfectly alright. We’re so happy that Ms. Lakshmi, mother of two children, is completely alright now,” said Dr. Joel, who successfully removed exactly a year ago a three-inch-long iron nail driven into the brain of a drug addict by a person practising black magic.

Dean, TVMCH, K. Sithy Athiya Munavara, was so delighted on seeing the progress of the patient. “It is really a kind of rebirth for her… Had somebody removed the scissors, things would have gone completely wrong. I feel so proud of the skill our neurosurgeon and the anaesthetists have gained over the years through sheer hard work,” Dr. Sithy noted.

Ms. Lakshmi, with an innocent smile on the face, was really thrilled and did not want to recall the “accident” that led to this trauma.

“I want to forget it… I’m alive now, thanks to the personal care taken by the doctors of TVMCH,” she said.

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