Saga of injured civilians: multiple surgeries and disabilities for lifetime

Saga of injured civilians: multiple surgeries and disabilities for lifetime

SRINAGAR: People injured in the initial days of the ongoing anti-India uprising that began with the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8 are still unable to resume their normal life. One of the injured is 26-year-old Ishfaq Ahmad of Veerinag in south Kashmiri’s Anantnag district.
After a bullet pierced his hip, Ishfaq was referred to the SKIMS Hospital Bemina where he was operated upon and subsequently treated for 14 days.
According to his medical records, his fractured hip had 0.5 cm entry and 3 cm exit wound. He was kept under intensive care for the two weeks.
“After I was discharged, I visited hospital several times for the follow up. And the doctors found that my hip bone has not healed. In fact, an X-ray revealed that it has gone deeper. Now, I have to undergo another surgery.”
Ishfaq said he was admitted for the hospital again on August 26 and was scheduled to undergo a fresh surgery on Wednesday.
Ishfaq was first admitted to the hospital on July 9, the day when four persons died in the forces’ action in his hometown.
Since then, the hospital has received 437 injured civilians from various parts of the Valley. As per the hospital data accessed by Kashmir Reader, 100 of them underwent major surgeries. At least 305 needed minor operations while 66 underwent ophthalmic surgeries, the data showed.
A hospital administrator, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that most of the injured needed follow-up treatments. In the orthopedic ward of the hospital, 28-year-old Burhan Bhat of Langate in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district is reclined on his bed since August 8.
He cannot move even with the help of a third person. His voice sounds broken and scattered. Burhan constantly shakes his right arm.
“He does it in an attempt to ease off the shooting pain in his right leg,” his wife said.
Burhan’s medical records mention him as a case of physical assault by the government forces. His brother Manzoor Ahmad explained: “He was beaten savagely by the forces.”
After his discharge from the hospital, Burhan needed to be readmitted for the treatment of his fractured femur bone of his right leg. The thrashing he received had broken the bone into two overlapping halves.
On Saturday, he was operated upon to bring the bone to its original shape, but his vertebral column would face another surgery in the coming days, Manzoor said.
A senior orthopedic posted at the hospital told Kashmir Reader that they have been receiving patients with “worst, grave, and dense injuries”.
“A patient has to be operated upon multiple times for proper treatment. Yet, the unfortunate reality is that these patients will have to bear disabilities throughout their lives,” he said.

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