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Expert offers to treat Shankar Laxman

LEADING GANGRENE expert Dr V K Agarwal, who has developed the ?omentopexy? technique of surgery to treat gangrene, has come forward to treat hockey legend Padmashri Shankar Laxman suffering from gangrene in his right leg and a possible amputation. Dr Agarwal?s offer followed publication of the news concerning Laxman?s ailment in HT Live in its March 30 issue.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 00:16 IST

LEADING GANGRENE expert Dr V K Agarwal, who has developed the ‘omentopexy’ technique of surgery to treat gangrene, has come forward to treat hockey legend Padmashri Shankar Laxman suffering from gangrene in his right leg and a possible amputation. Dr Agarwal’s offer followed publication of the news concerning Laxman’s ailment in HT Live in its March 30 issue.

The surgeons at Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital, where the two-time hockey gold medallist living in Mhow was taken for treatment a few days ago, had suggested amputation as the only option. But Laxman’s family took him back home where a friend, Ramesh Parmar, an advocate cum ‘vaidya’ offered his ayurvedic treatment. Parmar’s treatment is said to have provided some relief to Laxman.

Following the publication of the report about Laxman’s plight in these columns, Dr V K Agarwal, a former dean of MG Medical College, who has developed the technique (now famous as the ‘Agarwal Technique’) expressed interest in treating Laxman free of cost.

Dr Agarwal, who runs his Sanjeevani Nursing Home, told the Hindustan Times that it would be his pleasure to be of any help to treat Laxman.

Dr Agarwal’s method has saved over 1000 limbs in the last 16 years and the acceptance of his technique worldwide can be gauged from the fact the technique featured in the ‘Living Pulse II’ series of Discovery Channel. The programme was aired in India on January 30, 2003. Dr Agarwal, who provided details of the technique, said, “We could save over 1000 patients from amputations with 85 per cent good results in 16 years.

Dr Agarwal said that Congress leader Tulsi Silawat had also called him in this connection and was confident of treating Laxman’s disease.

Mhow correspondent adds:
The condition of Shankar Laxman is improving and the gangrene that was spreading in his right leg has not only stopped spreading, but the affected portion has started improving.

His youngest daughter Pratibha and son-in-law told Hindustan Times that she washed the her father’s feet yesterday evening and this morning and the blackness has started reducing and reddishness is getting dominant. His son Manohar said that vaidya Ramesh Parmar is applying the medicine thrice a day leg and the condition is improving fast.

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 00:16 IST