Rashmita Guha, the 16 year old girl from Liluah who underwent the surgery, expressed her feelings saying, "Bose uncle (Dr. Satyajit Bose, Chairman, The Mission Hospital, Durgapur) was one of those responsible for me being who I am today."
Rashmita was born with a connective tissue disorder known as 'Marfan's Syndrome' where patients are usually tall with longer limbs and most devastating are such disorders in the heart, spine and retina.
Rashmita was diagnosed with 'kyphoscoliosis' implying that the child had a progressively deforming curvature of the spine.
She had suffered a retinal detachment at an early age of seven.
Attempts to get the left eye operated were turned down by many hospitals on the pretext that it involved high risks as she had already undergone a cardiac surgery by then.
The latter had taken place in February 2011 in the Mission Hospital itself when she was 14. A year on and she appeared for her boards (class X) last year.
Finally, when she was 16, the team of doctors decided to take the plunge considering the growth of the spinal cord to more or less terminate by this age.
With support from departments of the hospital like cardio-thoracic, pulmonology, anesthesia, orthopedics, a well equipped blood bank and others the 14-hour surgery was performed on July 30, 2013 by Dr. Abhishek Roy, MS (ORTHO), MRCS (LOND) and Dr. Nirmal Jajodia MS (ORTHO) DNB (ORTHO).
The former had trained in Spine Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and Case Western University, Ohio.
It involved fixing her spine from the pelvis to the base of the neck with 2 rods and 23 screws.
Her lung capacity that had reduced to less than 50 percent (due to the deformed spine pressing on it) had expanded and she could breathe freely.
Most amazingly the girl was walking from the second day of her major surgery.
Initially, Rashmita said, "Bose uncle had advised me to consider moving to the South for my treatment. But I was bent on being at Mission Hospital since I knew that as long as I am here, not even God could snatch me away from my parents."
--IBNS (Posted on 09-10-2013)