When 17-year-old Vishwajit Singh arrived in Mumbai three months ago from Uttar Pradesh, little did he know that he'd come so close to death. During a late night stroll, he was hit by an SUV. The accident cost Vishwajit 50 per cent of his pancreas, but a rare life-saving procedure saved his life.
After bystanders rushed him to the nearby Life Line Hospital, he was later taken to Mira Road's Wockhardt Hospital for advanced medical attention. The doctors there suspected damage to his pancreas. Vishwajit's pancreas were leaking into his abdominal cavity. "This has deadly consequences. The pancreatic juices are digestive, they dissolve anything that they come in contact with. In his case, they were eating up blood vessels, soft tissues, and muscles rapidly," said Dr Imran Shaikh, Hepato-pancreato-biliary Surgeon at Wockhardt Hospital.
It had almost been 12 hours since the accident and the doctors could not lose more time. "His condition was deteriorating due to the leaking pancreas. His abdominal pain was worsening. Leaking juices can cause gangrene inside the stomach and the infection can be fatal," Dr Shaikh said.
Doctors had to perform a rare procedure known as spleen preserving distal pancreatectomy. As surgeons opened up his abdomen, they realised that the pancreas was split into two. "We had to remove the left portion of the pancreas. It was extremely challenging to preserve the spleen in the process as it has a common blood vessels," said Dr Shaikh, who has performed only three such surgeries in his career. The right side of the patient's pancreas were preserved by suturing.
Vishwajit is now recovering. His wounds have healed. However, due to the removal of half of his pancreas, he runs a small risk of developing diabetes later in life, doctors said.
Rakesh Kumar, Vishwajit's father is a private vehicle driver in Uttar Pradesh, and barely makes `7000 a month. "We ran a hospital bill of close to `1.5 lakh. I have taken money on loan from my friends to pay the bill. I am at a loss as to how I will be able to repay such a heavy loan," he said.www.dnaindia.com/health/report-doctors-perform-rare-pancreas-surgery-2283359
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