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AIIMS docs remove 15 cm arrow from archer's neck

Shivangini Gohain and Dr Deepak Gupta
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Patient Shivangini Gohain and Dr Deepak Gupta

Rohit Shishodia
Doctors at Delhi-AIIMS have given a new lease of life to a 12-year-old archer from Assam by removing a 15 cm arrow from her neck. The arrow had pierced her shoulder bone and damaged part of the neck, vertebra, spinal cord and left lung.

The arrow was accidentally shot by her colleague during a practice session of archery on January 8, 2019, in Guwahati.

The arrow was touching the vertebral artery which supplies blood to the brain stem. She is now doing well and happy and talking to her parents. Shivangini Gohain was first treated in local hospitals but the arrow could not be removed. This worsened her condition. She was airlifted to Delhi-AIIMS on January 9, 2020 for treatment.

Dr Deepak Gupta, Professor, Neurosurgery, Delhi-AIIMS, told DTMT, “I operated her at six-o-clock in the morning. The surgery lasted for around four hours. Arrow has fully been removed. The arrow pierced through shoulder, neck, cervical vertebrae, spinal cord and entered other side of the lung. Half of the 15 cm arrow was inside her body and the rest was outside.”

“The arrow was attempted to be removed from her neck in Guwahati but could not be removed. She was air lifted from the charted plane to AIIMS with help of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal,” he added.

“She was operated in trauma center. Her life has been saved. She is safe now and moving her hands and feet. There is no deficit. Had the arrow forcefully been removed, she would have lost the strength of feet and hands. The surgery was done free of cost,” said Dr Gupta.


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