Army engineer airlifted from Afghanistan undergoes hip replacement in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, April 24 (IANS) An engineer of the Indian Army, who was airlifted from Afghanistan, underwent hip replacement surgery at Continental Hospital here.

The 44-year-old logistics engineer, who was airlifted from Afghanistan’s Bagram on Tuesday night, was successfully operated up on by a team of experts led by Dr Ram Mohan Reddy Venuthurla, Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Dr Nitish Bhan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

The patient, who was posted in Afghanistan, had a fall about three weeks back and suffered a fracture in the right hip. He was not able to get best healthcare support in Afghanistan nor could he be shifted out of the war-torn nation because India stopped all international and domestic flights to prevent further spread of Covid-19.

He was finally brought to Hyderabad in an air ambulance, which landed at Hyderabad Airport on Tuesday night.

According to Dr Venuthurla, the engineer was admitted to the Continental Hospitals immediately after he was brought to Hyderabad. “Considerable time has lapsed since he suffered the fracture. Therefore, we are closely monitoring the health condition of the patient. We investigated him thoroughly before the surgery. The hip-replacement surgery was done successfully by the team. The surgical team took all the necessary safety measures like wearing PPEs, N95 face masks as part of infection control,” he said.