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Apollo Hospital doctors extract live fish from man’s throat

 Doctors at Apollo Hospital successfully extracted a live fish from a person’s throat here.

According to hospital sources, a fish accidentally got stuck in 30-year-old Santosh Kumar Dash’s (name changed) mouth.  When ash from Potadhia village, Balasore district went fishing at a pond on April 23, little did he realise it would really put him in a fishy situation. In a freak accident, Dash underwent a traumatic experience with a live fish stuck in his throat, which almost asphyxiated him.

Dash was holding the fish during a fishing trip. While he was calling out a friend, the fish jumped and went straight into his mouth where it got lodged in the throat. Dash was virtually choked with pain as breathlessness increased his trauma.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors tried to remove the fish but were unsuccessful. He was taken to the medical college cum hospital where an x-ray was conducted before Dash decided to come to Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar.

The first investigation showed that patient had lacerations inside the throat which had made the pain acute as the patient was experiencing severe breathing difficulty, coughing frequently and could not talk. Sanjeev Gupta, Senior Consultant ENT, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar and Suryakant Pradhan, Junior Consultant, ENT who attended the patient could also see the tail of the fish.

"We immediately took him to the emergency operation theatre. He was administered local anaesthesia in the sitting position. Mouth gag was applied and the fish was caught with forceps and removed with gradual traction. The patient was relieved from pain and distress,” said Dr Gupta. He was kept on nasal tube feeding for 10 days before recovering fully.


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