Accident victim saved from amputation thanks to doctors in UAE
Doctors at a hospital in the UAE have used pioneering treatments to save the arm of a man who was hit by a car.
Gobardhan Reddy, a 40-year-old Indian driver, was working in Ras Al Khaimah in February when he was run over. His left arm was badly crushed and he was taken to RAK Hospital, where staff treated his injuries.
However, much of the flesh was missing from underneath the limb and the wound became infected. Under normal circumstances, the severity of his injury would have meant the limb would have to be amputated.
The orthopedic department, though, decided to do something they had never done before to save the arm - combine two forms of treatment, vacuum therapy and a fixator.
Vacuum therapy involves sealing the wound with foam, while a fixator immobilises a broken limb. The experiment paid off and Reddy’s arm was saved.
He said: “I sill cannot believe my eyes when I look at my hands. When I first realised what had happened to me I almost lost all hope.”
Dr Jean-Marc Gauer, the hospital’s head of surgery, was “delighted” with the results and said: “The infection rapidly subsided and new, healthy tissue grew.
“After four weeks, the arm was grafted with skin. Finally, the patient was discharged and was delighted not to have lost his arm, which would have meant the end of his career as a driver.”
Reddy will need some follow-up treatment.