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Hurt staffer conscious, talking to family: docs

delhi Updated: Feb 15, 2012 00:31 IST
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Talyeshova Koren (40), the Israeli woman who sustained critical spine and liver injuries in a car bomb blast on Monday, is recuperating in a private hospital in Delhi where she was operated upon on Monday.

"She is stable as of now. We are monitoring her closely and it will be a couple of days at least before we get to know her actual progress," said Dr Arun Bhanot, chief of spine services, Primus Super-specialty Hospital, who headed a team of 10 specialists during the four-hour surgery.

Though the possibility of air lifting her to Israel for treatment was considered after the blast, doctors at the hospital decided to perform the emergency surgery and wait for her condition to stabilise.

"She required immediate medical care and we could not have taken any chances. The possibility of airlifting was discussed but we decided against it. She would obviously want to go back home but needs to recover first," said Dr Bhanot.

Late on Monday, two surgeries were performed on her at the hospital - one to repair the perforations in her liver due to shrapnel and another to remove the shrapnel from her spinal cord.

"Her left leg has suffered partial paralysis because of the injury to her spinal cord. It will take some time but she will be back to normal," said Dr Bhanot.

The team at the hospital was constantly in touch with her doctors in Israel. "We were discussing her condition and the line of treatment with the senior Israeli doctors over the phone. She is in the intensive care unit, conscious and talking to her family," Dr Bhanot added.

Meanwhile, after getting discharged from New Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital late on Monday night, Manoj Sharma, the driver of the embassy vehicle, was admitted to Primus Hospital.

"The embassy requested us to admit him. He has bruises in the right eye and back, but no major injuries. We don't intend to keep him for long," said Dr MD Khurana of the hospital.