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Surgery gives back boy severed finger

If little Md Saad Mallick’s right index finger has healed today, it is all because of a miracle surgery that had every chance of going wrong.

But nine-year-old Saad, whose finger got severed in a freak accident on November 17, was lucky. Doctors at Raj Hospital and Research Centre in Ranchi were able to put together his finger after four hours of hard work.

And Saad is on his way to recovery.

“Such type of surgeries are rarely successful because it was conducted more than six hours after the accident occurred. The top portion of his finger had completely separated,” said the hospital’s plastic and micro-vascular surgeon Pankaj Kumar, who had conducted the surgery.

On November 17, Saad and his sister were studying together when Saad expressed his wish to go out to play with his friends around 5.30pm. His sister, a student of Class XI who was preparing for an exam next day, wanted to lock the room.

“She shut the door even before Saad had completely stepped out and his right hand got caught between the door and its frame. Hearing his cries, my daughter opened the door only to find his index ginger severed,” said the boy’s father Md Afaque Aslam, who was away in Jamshedpur when the incident happened and had to rush home.

Saad’s family members and neighbours, who had rushed to his house on hearing his cries, realised the gravity of the situation and sensibly put the separated portion of the finger in a plastic bag and stuffed it with ice. Thereafter, they took the boy along with the severed finger tip, to Raj Hospital.

After preliminary examinations, the doctors decided to immediately go for surgery.

“The surgery was performed under operating microscope. Though we began around 7pm, it took considerable time before we could perform the main operation. It took more than six hours to wrap up the operation,” said Kumar, adding that they had successfully handled three such cases of transplant of amputated parts over the past six months.