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50-year-old man survives bullet injury in skull through “complex” brain surgery

New Delhi (IANS): A 50-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh, who received a bullet injury in his skull during celebratory firing at a religious event, has got a new lease of life following a critical surgery at a hospital here.

Dr Pranav Kumar with the patient
Dr Pranav Kumar with the patient

Hakim Singh, a ‘katha-vachak’ (a professional religious story-teller) and resident of Hasnapur village in Kanpur Rural district, was badly injured on January 10.

“He was delivering ‘Bhagwat Katha’ at Miyanpur village in Jhansi district when he received the bullet injury. He was admitted to Apollo Hospital where the surgery was conducted,” his son Abhay Pratap Singh told IANS.

Dr Pranav Kumar, a neurology consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said: “Hakim Singh was admitted to our hospital a day after the injury. Though he was very critical, we did not give up hope.”

After brain surgery, Hakim Singh takes a few seconds to reply to questions, but Dr Pranav Kumar said it was “a new life for him”.

“Certainly he is showered with the blessings of god,” he said.

At a press conference on Wednesday, doctors spoke about Hakim Singh’s miraculous struggle for his life.

“It was a case of complex and exceptional brain surgery of Hakim Singh. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his head leading to extensive brain injury,” said Dr Pranav Kumar, who was in the team of doctors that operated on Singh.

“The bullet had pierced through the skull. It was a depressed fracture in the frontal region of his brain and the bone was broken at multiple places.

“The damage to the brain was severe as the right frontal lobe had multiple pieces of bone lying inside it along with numerous cerebral contusions,” he said.

Hakim Singh had a 13 mm linear tear in the superior sagittal sinus, which is the principal drainage channel of the brain which caused heavy bleeding.

The surgery lasted for five hours.

Hakim Singh was kept under intensive care and on anti-convulsant and other supportive medications.

After three weeks of therapy and treatment, he was discharged from the hospital.

His speech is now close to normal, but he still faces difficulty in forming the words.

The doctors made an appeal to people to discourage the tradition of celebratory firing.

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