Arjun Munda at Apollo Hospital. (File picture)
Ranchi, June 23: The high seat in Project Building will remain unoccupied a tad longer but Arjun Munda will be able to sit on the motorised bed at his official residence in a day or two.
The team of doctors at Apollo Hospital, which reviewed the recovery of the chief minister’s fractured L2 vertebrae, today expressed satisfaction over the healing process and decided to “put him in rehabilitation phase for the next couple of weeks”.
Munda, who underwent CT scan of his fractured L2 vertebrae and ankle today at the hospital, had suffered a hairline fracture in the lumbar region of his spine after the helicopter carrying him and three others fell from a height of 15ft on May 9.
The lumbar region or lower back comprises five vertebrae. These are referred to as L and appended with an identifying number that indicates the level of the spine.
“We can now move to the next phase of rehabilitation or maturation as called in medical parlance,” said Sanjay Kumar, the neurosurgeon who led the team of doctors that included orthopaedic surgeon R.C. Mishra.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Kumar explained, “Maturation is the process of hardening of bone and making the spine fit enough to bear the weight of the body. The process will begin now.”
He said the chief minister would be allowed to sit on the motorised bed at his Kanke Road residence in the next couple of days and then gradually shifted to a wheelchair to move about inside the house.
“The duration (of sitting posture) will be increased day by day,” he added.
Kumar, however, refused to give a deadline by when the chief minister will be fully fit to attend office. It all depends on the “patient” and the rest he allows to the affected limbs.
The doctor said they were not bothered about Munda’s fractured ankle, as he would not be allowed to walk soon. “So, we are letting the ankle heal some more,” he added.
Kumar said patients tend to neglect the post-hospital and rehabilitation phase, thus inviting trouble.
“But the chief minister has a positive frame of mind and is following our instructions religiously. So, we believe his fractured limbs will be rehabilitated soon,” he added.
Munda, who was discharged from Apollo Hospital on May 17 along with his wife, has since been confined to a motorised bed in the drawing room on the ground floor of the residence.
His better half Meera, who had suffered pelvic injury, is lodged in an adjacent room and has been using a wheelchair.