9-month-old survives fall from first floor

May 22, 2020

A 9-month-old boy got a new lease of life after a successful critical brain surgery at Columbia Asia Hospital in Kharadi necessitated by a fall from the family’s first-floor apartment in the vicinity earlier this month.

Doctors at the hospital believed that the boy could have slipped through the balcony grille when his parents were working from home during the lockdown period. Neurosurgeon Pravin Survashe, who operated upon the boy, said the child had suffered a skull fracture following the fall “He was brought to the hospital around 7pm on May 5 in an unconscious condition. A CT scan revealed a fracture in his skull vault and the brain herniated through the (fracture) site. We decided to operate upon the child on May 7 because there was significant brain damage,” Survashe told TOI.

“We took out the skull bone and repaired the damaged part of the brain during the surgery that continued for nearly six hours. He was on ventilator support for the next three to four days. The surgery and the treatment process were successful. He was discharged in a conscious condition,” he said.

Senior hospital officials expressed concerns over the sudden rise in the number of children being brought to the health hub with head injuries . “It’s a terrible coincidence that we treated five children, all aged below three, with injuries they suffered after falling from the first or second floor of their houses during the lockdown period,” an official said.

Survashe said, “A similar case had last reached our hospital about two years ago. Five such accidents in such a short span of time point to the fact that something has changed,” he said.

Senior inspector Shankar Khatake of the Chandannagar police station said no medico-legal case has been recently lodged in connection with any child suffering head injuries. “Parents generally approach us when they suspect any foul play behind their children’s injuries,” the officer said.