After a marathon nine-hour surgery, doctors in the southern Indian city of Bangalore successfully removed a steel rod that had pierced the abdomen of a 25-year-old man.
Parameswar Kumar, a construction worker, had fallen off the third floor a building last week.
Surgeons removed the rod which had penetrated his right buttock, pelvis, spine, lower back and vertebral column and was protruding from the left side of his lower back when he was brought to the hospital.
"We were able to pull out the rod without further damage to blood vessels, nerves, stomach and intestines," said the doctors.
"It was a challenge as there was severe bleeding in the abdomen as the rod had penetrated the inferior vena cava, the major vein taking blood from the lower part of the body to the heart. After removing the rod, the damaged inferior vena cava was ligated and the tear in the small intestine set right," explained Dr D C Sundaresh, medical director of the hospital where the surgery was performed.
Massive blood transfusion, of the order of 40 bottles, was required, and medical students had come forward readily. And that was great help. But again such a level of transfusion means there are possibilities of serious complications, though he has survived.
"The patient is in the ICU. Though bleeding has subsided, his blood pressure is still low. We are hoping his kidney function is not affected. Infection control is another concern, and we have put him on antibiotics," added Dr Sundaresh.