A two-year-old boy who sustained severe injuries after being attacked by a stray dog in Kerala underwent a surgery that lasted almost four hours at Little Flower Hospital in Angamaly, near Kochi.
Devananadan came under attack by the dog while playing on the verandah of his house at Thrikkariyur in Kothamangalam, and was referred to the Little Flower Hospital from the Kolancherry Medical Mission Hospital.
The surgery started at 2.45 p.m. lasted till 6.30 p.m on September 7. He's recuperating in the surgical ICU and will be under observation for at least a week.
Both the eyelids of the child and his tear gland had deep wounds so as three out of the four ducts in eyes that channels tear from the tear gland to the eyes were damaged. Using Mini-Monoko stent the wounds in the ducts were stitched.
Health minister V.S. Sivakumar who visited the child at the hospital said that the government would bear the treatment expenses. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy also visited the child late in the evening.
It is unclear whether the child has been bitten by a rabid dog, which could not be traced since then, doctors are following anti-rabies protocol. Anti-rabies vaccine will be given in fixed intervals for the next 30 days.
A team of doctors led by Ophthalmology head Elizabeth Joseph is constantly monitoring the condition of the child.
The surgery was delayed till afternoon as it should be performed only after a specific period since administering anti-rabies immunoglobulin.
The incident has sparked off a debate over ways to deal with the danger posed by stray dogs across the district.