By A Staff Reporter : Fortis Anandpur, Kolkata gave a new lease of life to a 1.5-year-old child who had recently suffered a life-threatening fall from the fourth floor. In such cases, although surgery is the preferred method of treatment, considering the baby’s young age, the specialist at Fortis chose to treat him with medicines and extensive care. A team of doctors, led by Dr Sumita Saha Consultant Paediatrics along with Dr. G.R. Vijay Kumar, Director of Neurosurgery, and Dr Amit Haldar, Director of Neurology, Fortis Anandapur, Kolkata, successfully treated the baby and saved the infant's life and vision.
Sharing the details of the case, Dr Sumita Saha, Consultant of Paediatrics, said "The baby was rushed to the hospital in an unconscious state, with severe injuries and continuous convulsions (fits attack). MRI scans and CT scans were conducted for a complete and accurate diagnosis, which revealed that the infant had a badly fractured skull with multiple brain haemorrhages. To stabilize, the doctors had to keep the infant on ventilation in the PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) and was under constant supervision and monitoring. We administered steroids to the baby after discovering that he lost his vision due to the fall.”
Dr G.R. Vijay Kumar, Director of Neurosurgery, Fortis Hospital Anandpur, Kolkata, added, "Despite the grievous skull injury and potential neurological repercussions, the medical team was determined to avoid any surgical intervention. Over the course of the next seven days, the baby's condition remained unstable while he was kept on ventilator support in the PICU.”
Dr Amit Haldar, Director of Neurology, Fortis Anandapur, Kolkata, said “One of the major challenges faced by the medical team was the possibility of the baby losing his vision entirely due to the traumatic incident. But with persistent efforts and clinical expertise, we managed to restore the child’s vision, a feat that often remains elusive in such severe cases. The overall health of the baby is presently under control with regular physiotherapy, and he is showing considerable improvement in his health.”
Mr. Ashish Mukherjee, Facility Director, Fortis Anandapur, Kolkata said "I am immensely proud of our dedicated medical team. The baby is alive and recovering well. It's nothing short of a miracle to witness the restoration of the baby's vision, as well as preventing any life-altering consequences. Rigorous monitoring, innovative treatments, and a collaborative approach were critical in navigating the intricate path to recovery.