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Punjab cop’s hand successfully re-implanted after being chopped off in attack by Nihang Sikhs

Chandigarh: After nearly eight hours of surgery, a team of doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh on Sunday successfully re-implanted the left hand of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Punjab Police that was chopped off in a clash by Nihang Sikhs in Patiala.

The 50-year-old patient had an amputation through the proximal wrist of left hand, said the PGI.

The reimplantation was started around 10 a.m. after initial preparation of the amputated part. Both radial and ulnar arteries, the vena comitantes and an extra dorsal vein were anastomosed (reconnection of blood vessels). All the flexors and extensor tendons were repaired, it said in a statement.

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All the nerves at the wrist required bony fixation done using three K-wires. The approximate time taken was about 7.5 hours.

The PGI said this was technically very complex and challenging surgery, which was successfully done.

ASI Harjeet Singh’s seven-and-a-half hour surgery at the PGIMER was completed successfully, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh informed on Twitter.

“I am happy to share that a 7 1/2 hour long surgery has been successfully completed in PGI to repair the severed wrist of ASI Harjeet Singh. I thank the entire team of doctors and support staff for their painstaking effort. Wishing ASI Harjeet Singh a speedy recovery,” tweeted the Punjab CM.

It was evaluated at the end of surgery that hand is viable, warm with good circulation, it added.

After a phone call from Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta, PGI Director Jagat Ram activated the emergency team at Advanced Trauma centre and he gave the responsibility to Ramesh Sharma, Head Department of Plastic Surgery, for hand re-implantation.

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The surgery team comprised Sunil Gaba, Jerry R. John, Suraj Nair, Mayank, Chandra, Shubendu, Ankur, Abhishek and Purnima, while the nursing team comprised Arvind, Sneha and Arsh.

The surgery team after the operation (Pic Credit: IANS)


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