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Cargo vessel vice-captain gets new lease of life after resurrection of crushed leg in Chennai hospital

Cargo vessel vice-captain gets new lease of life after resurrection of crushed leg in Chennai hospital
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Chennai, Sept 1 (PTI) A 46-year old vice-captain of a

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-

19 crisis.

He saidSurmanidze could hope to join the work he loved

soon.

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

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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