FARIDABAD / January 10, 2023: A mother-son duo, whose spine and neck got severely damaged in a terrible car accident that occurred past midnight in Noida, were successfully treated by doctors at Sarvodaya Hospital, Sector 8, Faridabad, saving them from permanent paralysis. Miraculously, the patients were able to walk on their own a couple of days after the surgery.
55-year-old Rukmani Devi and her 21-year-old son Neeraj, residents of Faridabad, were driving in Noida at 1:30 am when a dumper truck fell on their car, crushing the two occupants. The car was badly mangled, and to onlookers, it seemed like a miracle that anyone was left alive in the vehicle. The mother and son were rushed to the Sarvodaya Hospital, Sector-8, Faridabad, within two hours of the accident.
Both were in a bad shape when brought to the hospital. The young man had severe chest and back pain. He was diagnosed with clots in the lung with a fractured D10 vertebra with compression on the spinal cord. He had to be taken to surgery immediately as any more delay would have led to permanent paralysis of both his legs. The mother had weakness in the right arm and severe neck pain. She was diagnosed with a fracture and dislocation of cervical spine (neck). If not operated upon immediately, she would have suffered permanent paralysis of her arms and legs. There was an additional risk of loss of breath and a drop in blood pressure.
“The young man’s surgery involved exposing the spine with multiple fractures. The broken vertebra was fixed, and the spinal cord decompressed. Due to multiple fractures in the spine, there was a lot of blood loss during surgery. We used neuro-navigation guidance so that the implants could be positioned accurately and safely without risk of injury to the spinal cord. The patient did well after surgery and he was made to walk just a day later. He will go on to lead a normal life after wearing a back support orthosis for a month,” said Dr. Kamal Verma, Director, Neurosurgery, Sarvodaya Hospital, Sector-8, Faridabad.
“The mother’s surgery involved removing the spinal disc at the C6-7 level. The bones were brought together and pressure over the spinal cord removed. The bones were then fixed using a titanium cage and plate/screws. The patient did well after surgery and was able to walk in less than 12 hours post operatively. She is expected to heal completely and live a normal life,” said Dr. Gaurav Kesri, Consultant, Neurosurgery, Sarvodaya Hospital, Sector-8, Faridabad.
It is very critical to shift patients with spine injuries to the hospital as soon as possible. In this case, both the patients getting received at the hospital within two hours of the accident helped the surgeons get a positive outcome.
The patients, when discharged from the hospital in less than a week of the accident, could not believe the turn of events. “We were in immense pain, and I was very worried about my son who suffered such a severe accident in the prime of his youth. We did not know that the damage was so serious and that we risked permanent paralysis. I thank the doctors of Sarvodaya Hospital for getting us back on our feet so soon and giving us a new lease of life,” said the mother.