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    Surgery gives quadriplegic breathing space

    Surgery gives quadriplegic breathing space
    2 Aug 2008, 0225 hrs IST, Risha Chitlangia,TNN

    NEW DELHI: For the past nine months, 42-year-old Rajesh Jain, a quadriplegic, has been confined to bed, attached to a ventilator in the neurosurgery ward at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

    A rare surgery performed on Jain earlier this month has given him the hope that he would be able to breathe on his own and return home one day. According to AIIMS, it’s the first surgery of its kind in the country.

    Two weeks back, Jain emerged from the ward for the first time in nine months as he was taken out on a wheelchair. ‘‘He had lost all hope of returning home. It was really frustrating for him as he couldn’t talk and was confined to bed,’’ said his wife Asha.

    Jain, a businessman, had injured his spinal cord at C1 and C2 levels after he fell from a wooden stool in October last year.

    His family couldn’t believe when doctors told them he won’t be able to walk ever again and would have to remain hooked to a ventilator for life. ‘‘He was standing on the stool to take out something from the top shelf of a cupboard when he lost balance. He was in Rohtak and was rushed to a nearby hospital. But as the hospital didn’t have a ventilator, we shifted him to Delhi,’’ said his brother, Adesh Jain. After a few days in a private hospital, he was shifted to AIIMS.

    In November, he underwent a surgery at AIIMS - doctors stablised his neck which had lost all movement and strength. And since then, he has been in the hospital as he needs specialised care like all quadriplegic patients on ventilator. ‘‘The patients are deprived of things like going out into the sun, watching the world pass by and taking in fresh air. As a result, most patients slip into depression. For them to breathe on their own is a challenge,’’ said Dr Ashish Suri, associate professor, neurosurgery.


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    This is neither new nor rare. This is phrenic nerve stimulation. This has been done for over 20 years. Everybody who is on a ventilator should consider this procedure.


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    Is this a procedure that Christopher Reeves could have had done or had done? I have my lucky stars C3 injury I was given the steroid methyl prednisone, however you pronounce it or spell it, I believe that it is one real reason I came off a ventilator. I give all those quads all the credit in the world on ventilators. Been there done that, never want to do it again.

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    Do not get a phrenic nerve stimulation pacer long term effects aren't good. I have a diaphragm pacer much safer and it also enables you to breathe like a normal person.

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