A fall from the third floor could prove fatal, or at least severely injure most, however, in what could be described only as a miracle, a 19-month-old Tanisha has survived a 25-foot fall from the balc
A fall from the third floor could prove fatal, or at least severely injure most, however, in what could be described only as a miracle, a 19-month-old Tanisha has survived a 25-foot fall from the balcony of her apartment and only needed a relatively minor surgey for swelling in her head.
“My heart sank when I got a call from my brother that my daughter had fallen from the balcony of our house and they were rushing her to the hospital,” Tanisha’s father Mahendra said.
The accident was such that the girl had no external injury, but the skull had split open inside. “It is a miracle that the baby survived the fall,” said Dr Suman Pallegar, consultant neurosurgeon at People Tree Hospital, who along with ENT consultant Dr Ravi Sachidanand and a head and neck surgeon, performed the surgery.
“Generally in such cases, we have to decompress the brain by taking out a portion the skull to allow the swelling to expand and we wait for the swelling to subside. Surprisingly in Anisha’s case, the skull split in such a way that there was space for the swelling to expand and what surgery we needed to do was partially done by the fall. It had occurred naturally because of the fall,” explained Dr Suman.
The doctors, however, performed a small surgery as there was a rupture above the bony socket where the fracture had happened. “Her right eye was literally popping up and she would have lost her vision and we endoscopically took out the clot within the orbit,” explained Dr Suman. The 45-minute surgery got smile back on the faces of the child and her parents.
“I thought I had lost her and when I saw her at the hospital with the bruise, I panicked. But the God has such miraculous ways to teach us that he is around,” said Mahendra.
“There are no safety measures in high-rise apartments and that was the reason the child fell from the balcony. Such measures should be in place,” Dr Suman advised.