1,400km drive to Delhi for cancer surgery
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.
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