’20 Pulwama youth undergoing treatment for bullet, pellet injuries in Srinagar hospitals’
Srinagar:Two youth hit by bullets near encounter site in Pulwama on Thursday are “critical” while three more have grievous pellet injuries in both eyes.
As per the hospital data more than 20 people injured during protests amid gunfight between forces and militants in Pulwama had been rushed to Srinagar hospitals.
A scene of mayhem was witnessed at SMHS Hospital on Thursday where around 20 injured were brought for treatment. Of these, nine were hit by bullets and rest had pellet injuries, some of them severely hit in eyes.
Hospital authorities said that five bullet injured were referred to Bone and Joint Hospital wherefrom two youth with vascular injuries in limbs were further referred to SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura for treatment.
Of the injured, the condition of two was reported to be critical by hospital authorities. At SKIMS Soura, Sajjad Ahmed Bhat, a 32 year old youth from Pulwama was “being stabilized” when this report was filed.
SKIMS officials said that the patient had a torn blood vessel (popliteal artery) in his right thigh and had lost “enormous quantity of blood”.
“We are giving him transfusions and repairing his vessel. Let us hope he stabilizes soon,” SKIMS Medical Superintendent, Dr Syed Amin Tabish said. He added that another injured, Firdous Ahmed, 20, also had a vascular injury in left thigh but was stable.
At SMHS Hospital, Abid Ahmed, an 18 year old Pulwama teenager who had received a bullet in his lower abdomen was also reported to be critical. Doctors said that the teenager was undergoing surgery and his condition could only be clear after the surgery was over. “Our team of doctors is operating upon him. We will have to wait for the surgery to be over to get a better picture,” an official at SMHS Hospital said.
Apart from Abid, three more teenagers who had bullet injuries were being given treatment at SMHS hospital. “All of them have injuries in lower parts of the body,” hospital authorities said.
Eleven teenagers with pellets in various parts of body were admitted at SMHS Hospital. Seven of them had eyes perforated by pellets. Three of these had both their eyes “badly injured” by pellets, doctors said. These were identified as Riyaz Ahmed 18, Yasir Hussain 19 and Showkat Hussain 18, all residents of Pulwama. Till last reports, these injured were being “explored for pellets in skull and other soft tissues”.
Doctors, who were examining their blood oozing eyes, said that although it would take time to evaluate the exact extent of damage to their eyes, but maintained that these injuries caused could result in vision impairment. Three more teenagers had pellets perforating one of their eyes, as per hospital records.
In the previous one week, at least 25 people hit in eyes by pellets have been admitted at SMHS Hospital. Bullet hit Yaseen Ahmed Bhat, Zahoor Ahmed and Umar Farooq were admitted at Bone and Joint Hospital. The three had limb injuries and fractures caused by bullets.