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Sunday, 12 November 2023 | Pioneer Health

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The AIIMS-Delhi has successfully operated on a mountaineer who suffered many life-threatening injuries during his expedition on Mount Annapurna in Nepal this year in April.

 “The mountaineer sustained a fall from an altitude of approximately 70 meters in subzero temperatures into a deep crevasse, from where he was subsequently rescued after three days and initially managed in Nepal. He was airlifted to AIIMS on May 11 where he was admitted under the Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery,” doctors from the institute said.

They added that his injuries included a severe frostbite on both hands, gangrenous thumbs, multiple affected fingers, gangrenous toes on both feet, as well as extensive cold induced deep burns on his trunk. Additionally, he suffered from subclavian artery blockage on the right side and multiple deep venous blockages in one lower limb. His condition was further complicated by acute kidney injury and pleural effusion with infected wounds.

Maloo’s 174 days journey towards recovery commenced with a series of numerous reconstructive surgeries and comprehensive medical interventions. Between May 13 and September 23, he underwent seven surgeries for infection control and later reconstructive surgery for his wounds by skin grafting. He was being managed by a multidisciplinary team involving specialities including Plastic Surgery, Critical Care, Anaesthesiology, Cardiology, Nephology, Trauma Surgery, ENT, Psychiatry, and Urology.

Dr Maneesh Singhal, head of plastic surgery department, said, “Maloo’s wounds have healed and he is actively regaining his strength under our rehabilitative care.” A team of reconstructive surgeons, included Dr Suvashis Dash, assistant professor , Dr Shashank Chauhan, Dr Shivangi Saha, Dr Karthick G and Dr Shruthi C. Dr Kapil Dev Soni from Trauma Surgery Department added that they have treated frostbite cases in the past, but not of the magnitude sustained by Maloo.


A team of doctors at the Fortis Hospital in Greater Noida saved a woman’s life who had suffered a severe head injury after hitting a road divider while driving. She was brought in the hospital in a critical condition, with no movement in the eye pupil and a major clot on the right side of the brain.

She was put on a ventilator to sustain her breathing. Dr. Prashant Agarwal, Consultant, Neurosurgery said, “When we examined the patient, she had laboured breathing. It was important to check the injury in the patient’s brain; thus, a CT scan was performed, which suggested that she had a blood clot on the right side of the brain with bleeding in the internal part of the brain as well.”

A decompressive craniectomy, a neurosurgical procedure in which part of the skull is removed to allow swelling to expand without being squeezed was performed on her.

“The clot was removed from the patient’s brain after an intensive surgery. Gradually, her eye pupil had returned to its normal size and started reacting, which was positive. The woman was retained in the ICU on the ventilator for the next 48 hours for close monitoring. To be able to remove the patient from the ventilator, a tracheostomy was also performed. It is a procedure to help air and oxygen reach the lungs by creating an opening into the trachea (windpipe) from outside the neck”, added Dr Agarwal. The patient is now conscious and recuperating, said Pramit Mishra, Facility Director at the Hospital. Mishra added, “Operating a head injury is highly critical, and time management is the key to saving a life.”


In a significant endorsement of the integration of Yoga therapy into the healthcare system, the Union Ayush Ministry has set up Yoga Therapy Rooms at the premises of the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga’s (MDNIY) in the national capital.

Union Minister for Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the facility additional Yoga Therapy Rooms today at Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga’s (MDNIY) premises located in New Delhi. The event highlighted the institute’s dedication to the promotion and propagation of Yoga and holistic well-being.

Addressing the event in the presence of Vikram Singh, Director of the the MDNIY and Padma Shri awardee Dr Ravindra Kumar, former Vice Chancellor of Chowdhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, Sonowal highlighted the need to include yoga therapy in daily lifestyles as a means to enhance self-awareness, self-realisation and overall holistic health.


The Army base hospital here has established a “comprehensive vestibular lab” that is expected to immensely benefit patients with balance disorders and vertigo, officials said recently.

The cutting-edge technology laboratory was inaugurated by Lt Gen Arindam Chatterjee, DGMS (Army) and Col Comdt AMC, on November 7, the defence ministry said in a statement.

“The Army Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt, has added another state-of-the-art healing intervention to its already impressive armamentarium by establishing a comprehensive vestibular lab, which is expected to immensely benefit patients with balance disorders and vertigo,” it said.

On the occasion, Lt Gen Daljit Singh, DGAFMS, congratulated the base hospital team on the establishment of the lab. Lt Gen Singh said the lab will open newer diagnostic horizons and incorporate best practices in the training of ENT surgeons.

 Lt Gen Chatterjee said with this facility being available in multiple AFMS ENT centres, the potential for multi-centric research should be tapped, it added.

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