Srinagar: The emergency ward at SMHS Hospital saw chaotic scenes on Sunday after a youth Asif Ahmad was brought from Pulwama with a bullet hole in his chest.
The dozens of people accompanying Asif raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans when doctors received him at the emergency ward Sunday afternoon in critical condition.
The 20-year-old Asif, resident of Lassipora in Pulwama district, was said to be in stable condition by evening. At the time he arrived at SMHS, though, he was soon referred to SKIMS Soura for examination at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (CVTS) department.
“The bullet pierced his lungs before exiting his body. We were apprehensive that the injury had affected his heart,” said a doctor at SMHS who was on duty when Asif was brought there.
“We immediately put him on life support and stabilised him. During evaluation we found that the bullet had injured his lungs, which made us refer him to SKIMS,” the doctor told Kashmir Reader.
Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Soura, Dr Amin Tabish, said that Asif had firearm injury on the right of his chest and the bullet may have pierced his right lung.
“A team of doctors at CVTS department are evaluating him. We will decide about his treatment and management after they are done. He might need an operation for repair of lungs,” Dr Tabish said.
Asif was hit by a bullet when army and police opened fire at Tahab Pulwama to disperse protesters near the encounter site.
He was first rushed to Pulwama hospital along with the other injured. Three patients with pellet injuries were treated at District Hospital Pulwama. Asif and a patient with pellet injury in his eyes were immediately referred to Srinagar.