cargo ship from Georgia battled all odds and is now able to
walk again after his right leg, badly crushed in freak
accident onboard the vessel, has been resurrected by doctors
at a city hospital.
Malkhaz Surmanidze underwent a complicated emergency limb
saving revascularisation procedure and then overcame a stormy
post-operative period during which he suffered acute kidney
injury and deadly infection among others, doctors who treated
him said on Tuesday.
"I understood that my condition was very critical... The
doctors saved my leg, saved my life and my future as well.
I have started walking now. After one year, I may be able to
resume my normal job,"Surmanidze said.
Surmanidze''s leg was crushed after being caught in a
chain of containers on June 23 onboard the ship off Chennai
coast. He was immediately rushed to a hospital near the
Chennai Port and later referred to the Apollo Hospitals.
"His right leg was bulged and the foot was blue and there
was no pulse below the knee joint. Malkhaz had advanced
ischaemia," Apollo Hospitals Senior consultant vascular and
endovascular surgery Dr Rajarajan Venkatesan, who led the team
in treating the man, said.
Ischaemia is a serious condition in which some parts of
the body, like heart or brain, don''t get enough blood.
He was brought to Apollo almost 8-10 hours after the
injury, making the limb salvage a nearly impossible task as
the golden hour in such injuries required medical and surgical
intervention within the first 4-6 hours, he said.
"...immediate surgery was suggested to avoid risk of his
limb from being removed and the emergency limb saving surgery
was performed," Rajarajan told reporters via a video
conferencing briefing here.
The post-operative period was stormy andSurmanidze
developed acute kidney injury, large wounds, deadly infection,
reduced white blood cells, fever and infectious disease.
"So, we put him on antibiotics and anti-fungal medicines.
He had a high risk of amputation which may endanger his life,"
the doctor said.
Georgia Ambassador to India Archil Dzuliashvili visited
Surmanidze and congratulated the team of doctors and the
Apollo Hospitals for their efforts in saving the life and limb
of the vice-captain, especially during the challenging COVID-
He saidSurmanidze could hope to join the work he loved
The patient also underwent skin grafting procedure and was
now walking independently and fit to join his job in a few
weeks'' time, the doctors said. PTI JSP SA