1,400km drive to Delhi for cancer surgery

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: A 58-year-old man suf­fer­ing from oral cancer drove 1,400 kilo­me­tres—from Ranchi to Delhi—with his son for the surgery. Doc­tors at Sir Ganga Ram hospi­tal, where the surgery was con­ducted re­cently, said Sachi­danand Singh from Gumla dis­trict in Jhark­hand had con­tacted them on May11­for surgery af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with cancer of the oral cav­ity, but due to the lock­down, he was asked to wait.

“Be­cause trains and flights weren’t avail­able, the pa­tient de­cided to drive to Delhi with his son to get the surgery done. He ar­rived at the hospi­tal on May 16 and was op­er­ated upon two days later,” Dr Rakesh Koul, chair­man, depart­ment of sur­gi­cal on­col­ogy at SGRH, said. He added that the pa­tient tested neg­a­tive for Covid-19.

“He had a large tu­mour which was oc­cu­py­ing front part of his oral cav­ity. We made three teams, one from the depart­ment of sur­gi­cal on­col­ogy and oth­ers from the depart­ment of plas­tic and re­con­struc­tive surgery and anaes­the­sia, along with 15 OT tech­ni­cians and nurses, to re­move the tu­mour,” Dr Koul said.

The surgery started at 9 am on May 18 and it took nearly 14 hours to com­plete it due to ex­tra pre­cau­tions re­quired while op­er­at­ing with Per­sonal Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment on. The doc­tors said re­mov­ing the whole tu­mour was chal­leng­ing and it in­volved sur­gi­cal re­moval of lower lip, front part of lower jaw and dis­sec­tion of the lymph nodes in the neck.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Anub­hav Gupta, se­nior con­sul­tant, depart­ment of plas­tic and re­con­struc­tive surgery at the hospi­tal, they re-con­structed the pa­tient’s lower jaw, floor of the mouth and skin of the chin by us­ing the calf bone, mus­cle and skin from mid of his leg bone.

Cur­rently the pa­tient is sta­ble. He has been re­moved from ven­ti­la­tor and has started tak­ing Ryles’ tube feed, Dr Koul said.


Anil Bai­jal asked the gov­ern­ment to con­sti­tute a com­mit­tee to an­a­lyse and sug­gest mea­sures to help peo­ple and busi­nesses in these tough times with spe­cial fo­cus on pro­tec­tion of in­ter­ests of labour­ers.

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