Rod falls from 20th floor, pierces man’s skull; removed after 4-hr op | Delhi News

Ghaziabad: A 24-year-old man, whose skull was impaled by an iron rod that fell from the 20th floor of an under-construction building on July 31, has a “90% chance” of survival after doctors managed to remove the rod during a four-hour-long surgery at a private hospital.
There is, however, damage to the right lobe of the construction worker’s brain where the rod went right through the cranium, and the left side of his body is paralysed. He was brought to Flores Hospital by co-workers at the construction site. The rod that did the damage was a long one, the kind used in scaffoldings.
The worker, whose name is being withheld following a request from the hospital to maintain the patient’s confidentiality, is from Jharkhand. On July 31, he was working at the construction site in Pratap Vihar when the rod came off the shuttering when it was being dismantled.
As other workers shouted at him to move away, the labourer looked up. By the time he could react, the rod – which workers who brought him to the hospital claimed was 20 feet – it had struck him and speared through the skull.
Dr Abhinav Gupta, the neurosurgeon who conducted the surgery on July 31 with a team of seven doctors, said the patient would need a few more operations. One of those will be to restore the skull bone. “ I had to open half the skull to separate the iron rod from the bone. The toughest part was to remove the iron rod from the brain without doing any further damage to it. The skull bone has now been kept under the skin in the abdominal wall to keep it viable. We are monitoring the patient closely and the outcome looks positive,” Dr Gupta said.