17 Year old Afghan boy Malang gets a new lease of life after a bullet injury

After the injury Malang was immediately rushed to a local hospital’s emergency ward, since the wound was on chest emergency healthcare was critical. He underwent an abdominal surgery with chest tube insertion, but it did not help him and his condition further deteriorated. As medical facilities are not so advanced in his home country he was advised to be treated at a specialized center equipped with the appropriate medical facilities.

 

Role of EasyCure

When Malang and his relatives were losing hope while looking for medical options abroad, the EasyCure team came to their rescue and helped them connect to a super specialty hospital for further treatment. After completing the formalities related to medical visa with the help of EasyCure, Malang was referred to Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon. Malang’s brother accompanied him to India and is very much satisfied by all the services like; from their arrival to airport, transfer to the hospital, and further accommodation requirements as everything was managed in a hassle-free way by EasyCure. And after the treatment EasyCure also helped them for follow-up visits and sharing his reports with the doctor. Accommodation provided to Malang and his relative was in the vicinity of hospital which further made it easier for them to consult the doctor as and when needed.

 

Course of treatment

Soon after his arrival at Fortis Memorial Health Institute, Gurgaon, Malang was immediately admitted and all relevant investigations were initiated. He was diagnosed with- Traumatic Chronic Left Emphysema where his condition was very critical and CECT report of chest showed left hydro pneumothorax with collapse of left lower lobe of his lungs. Emphysema is a condition in which pus collects in the pleural space, which is the area between your lungs and the inner surface of your chest wall. His physical examination also revealed serious bedsore over his sacrum area.

 

After having a detailed investigation an expert team of surgeons performed surgery for removing the bullet. Procedure performed was- ‘Left Pleural window with foreign body (bullet) removal with bedsore management’. During the procedure an H shaped incision was made on the left side of the chest, and it was found that the bullet was present in the subcutaneous space on the right chest over back side, both lobes of the lungs were collapsed with dense adhesion and left lining of the lungs pleural cavity was filled with pus. Around 8-10 cm part of two ribs were cut off to make a space or pleural window so that pus can be drained off and after which bullet was removed from the right chest wall. Supra-pubic catheter was changed and Malang was shifted to ICU post-surgery for observation.

 

Post-Treatment

Malang underwent the surgery well with no major respiratory issues and gained relief from bed sore over his sacrum through regular cleaning of sores and application of anti moisture lotion. Malang’s body showed remarkable healing and after a week of hospitalization he was discharged with follow-up advice and after-care instructions. Malang’s vital signs like pulse rate and breathing became normal and as the bedsores healed over there was great pain relief for him. During the time of discharge he started to do mild activities like walking or sitting on his own.

 

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