Hyderabad: Unable to walk and in severe pain, 18-year-old Abdul Qahar Khan from Afghanistan came to Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad on January 3 for treatment, two years after a bullet pierced through his hip. Immobile and unable to walk, Abdul was in pain when he came in. The boy was injured during a skirmish between extremists and security forces in Kabul, and had undergone two surgeries there — in December 2015, and January 2016, but he still could not walk.
Dr K. Kodandapani, head of the department of orthopaedics in Osm-ania General Hospital explained, “Two surge-ries had not healed the wound. There was the need to replace the hip to make him walk again. The implant cost was high and the patient re-quired proper rehabilitation after the surgery.” He said the hospital superintendent Dr G V Murthy prepared the case-sheet and appro-ached the chief minister’s relief fund for help to the patient. “The amount was sanctioned quickly and his surgery done. Abdul has undergone rehabilitation in the hospital and is finally able to walk.”
The patient’s father Razak says, “My friends in Afghanistan referred us to the Osmania General Hospital and they told us the people of Hyderabad are kind and helpful. We are glad the government sanctioned money. I will always be grateful.”