Doctors in India have miraculously saved the eye of a boy that had been pierced by an iron hook used in meat butchers.
According to Dailymail, 12-year-old Md Baba Qureshi, from Hyderabad, in southern India, was playing at a butchery when the hook – used to hang up mutton in traditional Indian meat stores – suddenly pierced his left eye and entered his brain.
The thick rod had entered his orbit cavity but his eyeball remained intact. It had also penetrated 15cm
deep into his brain. He remained conscious throughout but his eye was bleeding profusely and he was crying in pain.
While his family quickly rushed him to Osmania General Hospital, in Hyderabad, there was a risk he could either lose his eye or be brain damaged.
Dr Premjit Ray, 53, head of the neurosurgery department at Osmania General Hospital, said:
‘The boy came to our hospital in severe pain with a hook in his eye and bleeding but he was conscious.
‘We quickly did a CT Scan and X-ray and then we conducted surgery for one hour to remove the rod.
‘We did not need to open the brain in the end as there was no bleeding inside the brain. He could’ve been blinded for life but he was OK.
‘If the family had waited any longer it could’ve been a lot more serious but they were quick in their actions and that surely helped save the boy’s eye.’
The hospital conducted the surgery, on June 6, free of charge due to the financial situation of the family but it would have cost close to £1,000 (100,000 rupees).
The boy has recovered well and is due to be discharged this week.