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Rashid Hospital doctors reattach worker's amputated arm

DUBAI, October 23, 2016

Doctors from Rashid Hospital in Dubai succeeded in reattaching the arm of a 20-year-old Pakistani worker, whose arm was completely amputated as a result of an industrial injury.

The major procedure required a multi-disciplinary team of doctors from the hospital in the vascular, hand surgery and trauma fields, who successfully reattached the arm during an eight-hour surgery.  

“The young man arrived at the trauma section on October 9, along with his right arm, which was completely amputated right below the shoulder. After evaluating his case, the team of doctors decided to reattach his arm despite the severity of his case to give him a chance of leading a normal life with all his limbs intact,” said Dr Deena Al Qudra, the head of the Vascular Surgery Unit at Rashid Hospital.

The surgery was completed successfully on October 9 and the patient is doing well, said the statement.

The team that conducted the surgery consisted of Dr Masoud Shafiei, senior vascular surgery specialist, and Dr Mohammad Sadeeq, vascular surgery consultant, who reattached the blood vessels of the patient’s arm. Meanwhile, Dr Khalid Al Awadi, consultant hand surgeon, reattached the hand and nerves, while Dr Bilal El Yafawi, trauma consultant reattached the patient’s bone.

Dr Qudra said the patient is currently undergoing physiotherapy and is being monitored to ensure that he does not suffer from infection.   

“While the moving functions of the arm would take a long time and to be hopefully regained with physiotherapy, reattaching the arm would help the patient psychologically cope with the accident and have hope to lead a normal life, especially given his young age,” she said.

Dr Qudra said while Rashid Hospital’s trauma section receives many high vascular and trauma emergency cases, amputation cases of upper limbs such as hands and arms are rare.

“Conducting such a high emergency surgery would not have been possible without the group effort and expertise of Rashid Hospital doctors from different fields,” she said. – TradeArabia News Service
 




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