Ramprawesh Pandey at a Hazaribagh hospital on Wednesday. (Vishvendu Jaipuriar)
A 45-year-old farmer miraculously survived a freak accident after he fell from the terrace of his home on Wednesday morning directly on a rod jutting out of a pillar that pierced his waist and came out of his left shoulder.
A team of doctors at Hazaribagh sadar hospital removed the rod after an hour-long operation, giving Ramprawesh Pandey a second life.
According to Ranjeet Kumar Pandey, the uncle of Ramprawesh, the incident took place at Pipraghoghar village of Nayitand in Barhi, 50km from the district headquarters, around 10.30am.
He said that Ramprawesh accidentally slipped while doing some work in the terrace that lacks a boundary wall. The vertical rod, 10mm wide and 15ft long, was cut by residents who gathered at the spot. Ramprawesh was rushed to Barhi health centre initially, where doctors referred him to sadar hospital.
Led by surgeon R.K. Jaiswal, R.K. Agarwal teamed up with Pankaj Kumar to perform the surgery and remove the 12ft rod.
They admitted to the victim’s relatives that it was a difficult surgery, as the rod had damaged the liver as well.
Agarwal said they were ready to refer the case to Ranchi but added that it would have wasted precious three hours in travelling.
“Have faith in us and we will remove the rod successfully,” he was heard telling the victim’s kin.
The surgery was over around 1pm. “The rod had damaged the victim’s liver. We will wait for him to regain consciousness and then decide about his further treatment,” Agarwal told The Telegraph, adding that Ramprawesh was out of danger.
Ranjeet said they had full faith in the doctors. “We are happy that the doctors proved us right,” he added.
This is the second such incident after Manoj Kumar Das, 11, was brought to sadar hospital with a rod piercing his neck and jutting out of his mouth. A team led by surgeon Vijay Shankar had saved the boy after a 20-minute surgery.
On March 11, 2010, two-year old Mehul Kumar of Ekpatia Mohalla in Hazaribagh was referred to Ranchi, where a rod that had pierced his stomach was removed.