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Patient survives neck attack after undergoing emergency surgery

September 14th was like just another day for 43-year-old Rage Venkata Ram Prasad of Ananthapur. Little did he know that he will never be able to forget that fateful day ever in his life.  At around 1 p.m. in the afternoon when Prasad was returning from court, near the coca cola godown, he was suddenly attacked by someone with a knife.

The attacker who himself neck-attackwas on a two-wheeler, attacked Prasad who was riding his motorbike on his way back home. The sharp knife hit Prasad’s nape, damaging the spinal cord with a splurge of blood. Till the time police reached at the crime scene, Prasad laid unconscious on the road covered in a pool of blood.

Police immediatelyrushed him to a nearby hospital, and later shifted him to Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal for multi-specialty care, where he underwent emergency surgery on the same night of the incident.

“The patient was brought to the hospital with knife intact in his neck. The CT scan revealed that the knife had pierced into the spinal cord in the neck. In this situation, administrating anesthesia was difficult as patient had to be turned on to the supine position. We decided and went ahead giving anesthesia in the position which he arrived.” explained Dr. Prasanna, Consultant – anesthesiologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal.

“Once the anesthesia was given, the next challenge was to position him for surgery, which needs manipulation of patient and his neck.  We made sure that the complete surgery was done without any movements of the neck, and was done in the same position the patient arrived, without any upper body movements and neck manipulations due to spinal cord injury. He had also suffered left hand paralyses due to the injury,” said Dr. Avinash K M, Consultant – Neurosurgery, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal.

“Patient is a miraculous man to have survived and able to walk with the nature of spinal cord injury,” added Dr Avinash.KM

After a 3-hour operation, the patient was shifted to the ICU for further observation and is now recovering at the hospital.

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