Rajbala critical, chances of full limb recovery slim
A little more than 24 hours after police vans had ferried over 70 people from Ramlila Grounds following the crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s camp, Lok Nayak hospital wore a deserted look. Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports.delhi Updated: Jun 07, 2011 00:14 IST
A little more than 24 hours after police vans had ferried over 70 people from Ramlila Grounds following the crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s camp, Lok Nayak hospital wore a deserted look.
Only two of the 70 people have been admitted to the hospital. The rest were discharged after first-aid treatment.
Not a single bed in the disaster ward was occupied. “Most of the patients had come with minor injuries and only four people suffered severe damage,” said a medical officer at Lok Nayak hospital.
“We referred a spine injury case to GB Pant hospital immediately as she needed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) support and surgery. We operated on Sunil Kumar, 30, who had come with skull injury and developed a clot on his brain. He is recovering in the ICU,” said the official.
“He must have fallen on some hard flat object resulting in a blood clot and skull fracture. We have removed the clot and he is responding well,” said a doctor treating him.
Two other men who suffered minor fractures were treated and discharged on Monday morning.
The spinal injury case is that of Gurgaon-resident Rajbala, 50, who was admitted in the neurosurgery ICU of the GB Pant Hospital under Dr Ajay Sharma, and Dr Sanjeev Sinha, both senior doctors in the department.
“Her condition is critical. She is on ventilator support and none of her limbs are functioning,” said a doctor at GB Pant hospital.
“Although she should live, her chances of complete limb recovery are very slim,” said a treating doctor. “Since she is unable to talk yet, it will be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause for her fracture. But it must have been a bad fall as the damage on the neck and spine is severe, the doctor added.