Mrunal Manmay Dash

In a rare procedure, the doctors at AIIMS Bhubaneswar removed a sewing needle from the lungs of a nine-year-old boy saving him from a possible fatal condition.

As per a statement by the AIIMS, the remarkable feat took just over one hour and was performed by the Department of Paediatrics using a less invasive flexible bronchoscopy, sparing the kid from a major surgery (thoracotomy).

This achievement marks the first instance of removing such sharp foreign bodies without resorting to open surgery in any paediatrics center in Odisha, the AIIMS press release stated.

The patient who hailed from West Bengal, was brought to AIIMS Bhubaneswar after a sewing needle approximately 4 CM in length was lodged at the left lower lobe bronchus lateral segment of the lungs.

The expert team of paediatricians including Dr Rashmi Ranjan Das, Dr Krishna M Gulla, Dr Ketan, and Dr Ramakrishna performed bronchoscopic interventions to extract the needle without encountering any complications.

The patient, who was admitted for four days post-procedure, is now reportedly in stable condition and on the path to recovery.

Notably, AIIMS Bhubaneswar has a dedicated paediatric Pulmonology and ICU team to perform bronchoscopic interventions for the neonatal age group to 15 years of age in Odisha.

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