Srinagar: A youth who sustained bullet injury during an encounter in Litter Pulwama on Oct 14, has been rendered paralyzed below waist.
Muhammad Ashraf, 25, son of late Muhammad Abdullah Mir, of Sanzan village in Pulwama district is lying on bed number 26 in ward 3 of Neurology department SKIMS Soura, with no hope of recovery.
He is able to speak but is unable to move his body below waist. He has lost “sensation in both legs.” According to the doctors his vertebral column and spinal cord are cut.
“His liver was partially damaged. We conducted the surgery and it is recovering. But his spinal cord and vertebral column are cut. So he has no sensation in legs,” Medical Superintendant SKIMS Dr. Syed Amin Tabish told Greater Kashmir.
“He is recovering now but it is very unfortunate that he cannot move his body below waist and the portion is paralyzed forever,” he said.
He said he will be discharged soon from the hospital.
Ashraf was working as a labourer. He studied up to tenth class and left the school to earn for the family but now the family “is to look after him forever.”
“We were hopeful that he would recover from the injury. But we were shocked after he was unable to move his legs,” Khursheed Ahmad, elder brother of Ashraf said.
“The doctors tried their best to save him. His liver was damaged and many bones broken. We had no hope but thank God he survived. But now doctors informed us that his spinal cord is cut which means his life is destroyed and he has become dependent on others for his whole life”
“What can be more painful than this that till yesterday he used to help others and now he is dependent on others even for moving a step” Khursheed said and cried.
“We are ready to take him to any hospital but he should recover,” he added.
Ashraf was hit by a bullet below chest during an encounter in Litter Pulwama on October 14. Two LeT militants including district commander Waseem Shah of Heff village and Nisar Ahmad, a resident of Litter were killed in the encounter.
One civilian Gulzar Ahmad of Alayipora village was also killed in cross firing while as at least twenty persons were injured with three of them hit by bullets during the clashes.