Timely treatment on Saturday saved a two-year-old girl from losing her hands.
Around 6pm, Simranjit Kaur of Makhanpur village in Narot Jaimal Singh jurisdiction of Pathankot district was brought to Dr Abrol's Medical Centre here with the hands almost cut to the outer layer of the skin. She had lost a lot of blood and grown pale. The veins, muscles, arteries and threads in both wrists were cut.
How the wrists had deep cuts remains a mystery, though her father, Jasbir Singh, said these had "appeared by magic under a spell of witchcraft". "It happened when the child was in the house with mother, who informed me on telephone at Babbehali village near Gurdaspur," he said, denying that it could be a murderous attack.
The hospital authorities informed the police. Medical centre director Dr Ajay Abrol, with his team of Dr P Gupta, Dr Deepak Sahota and paramedics, reattached the girl's hands in eight hours of surgery. "The child was feeling normal after the operation," said Dr Abrol, adding that it was the first successful operation of its kind in the area.