A head injury, 17 fractures and nine surgeries later a 50-year-old man is all set to get back on his feet. The man – Mohan Gokhale – was found in a semi-conscious state hours after he fell off a train near Mumbra tunnel on January 20. Doctors said he was bleeding profusely, had almost no pulse — his survival is a miracle.
The Kalyan resident was returning from work when he fell off the train. Some railway workers found him in a semi-conscious state on the tracks and took him to Thane Civil hospital. Seeing the bleak chances of his survival and extent of injuries, the doctors at Thane Civil hospital was about to refer him to LTMG Sion hospital when Gokhale's friends insisted him to be taken to Fortis hospital.
Dr Sachin Bhonsle, senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fortis hospital-Mulund, said, "When he was brought to us by the railway authorities, he had lost 2-3 litres of blood (Human body contains approximately 5.6 liters of blood) and had very low blood pressure. He hardly had pulse. We took a day to stabilise him before deciding on our next strategy."
Doctors attending Gokhale said his survival looked slim with the kind of open wounds he had along with numerous fractures. "Among the 17 fractures, he had at least seven fractures on his spine, two in the pelvic region, five on left leg, three on right leg and crushed injuries on his left elbow. He had head injuries too," said Dr Bhonsle.
According to doctors, Gokhale's left elbow fracture, left leg fracture and pelvic fracture were the worst. "It was challenging to fix his left elbow injury. It was a compound fracture and the wound was open with muscle loss and bone loss. His pelvic and left leg fractures were also worrisome but we managed to fix everything," said Dr Bhonsle. Gokhale underwent his last surgery on Tuesday.
Subhash, his brother who remains most of the time with him at the hospital, said his brother is a fighter. "He has a great will power and we were sure he will come out of it successfully. He doesn't remember how he fell from the train and what happened to him later," said Subhash.
Talking about dna's Rail Revolution Campaign, Subhash said it is high time that the railways take some quick action on railway accidents. "Train accidents are getting common. While the railway authorities have not found a way to stop the accidents, we at least expect them to provide quick and best medical treatment to save lives of the commuters."
Giving example of his brother, Subhash added that his survival was a miracle but all are not that lucky. "He laid on the tracks in a helpless state for hours and then taken to Thane civil hospital which is not equipped to handle such serious cases. Why can't railway take such cases directly to a nearby tertiary care hospital?" added Subhash.
While railway authorities have not bothered to check on him, his company is presently footing his bills. "We have not yet mobilised him because of the intensity of injury. He will require a rigorous physiotherapy session but we are confident that he will be back on his feet soon," said Dr Bhonsle.
When he was brought to the hospital, he had lost 2-3 litres of blood which is more than 50 per cent of the blood in his body. He had very low blood pressure and hardly had pulse.
Apart from head injury, he had 17 fractures: seven on Spinal cord, two in pelvic region, five in left leg, three in right leg and crushed open injuries on his left elbow with loss of muscle, bone.
He underwent nine surgeries and the last surgery was done on February 18 where doctors did skin grafting for his left elbow.