Quick-thinking doctor uses mentor’s Whatsapp tips to save labourer’s hand
Boisar doctor sends photos of the nearly-severed hand to his mentor, who then guides him through a complex 10-hour-long microsurgery.
Besides performing a microsurgery that could only be done in a super-speciality hospital, a Boisar-based orthopaedic surgeon used sheer presence of mind to save the nearly severed hand of a labourer after it was almost sliced off by a saw machine.
Since he had never handled such a case, Dr Jitendra Patil, who owns a hospital in Boisar, immediately called up his mentor. Dr Hemant Patankar, orthopaedic head of department at Ghatkopar’s Rajawadi Hospital, directed him on how to go about the delicate operation going by photographs and details of the wound that Dr Patil sent him via smartphone messenger WhatsApp.