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Hospital keeps patient with broken windpipe, oesophagus alive

Update: March, 03/2015 - 20:51
Tam has overcome his serious injuries and will be remain in the hospital for further recovery and check-ups. -- Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) – The HCM City-based Cho Ray Hospital has saved the life of a patient, whose windpipe and oesophagus were broken after a serious traffic accident.

Tam from the southern province of Tay Ninh was rushed to the hospital's Emergency Ward on February 26 with signs of laboured breathing and bruises on his neck, which posed a serious threat to his life.

According to a family member, Tam was driving his motorbike through a rubber forest when his neck was cut by a steel wire.

Doctors from the Cho Ray Hospital said Tam was suffering from no open wounds, but said his windpipe might be broken, the Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper reported.

Based on a surgery conducted later on Tam's neck, doctors concluded that his windpipe and oesophagus had both been cut. Immediately, doctors from the hospital's Ear, Nose and Throat Department conducted an operation to re-join these two organs and create a system to transfer food through his stomach, leaving time for the incisions to heal.

After the three hour-long operation, the patient recovered gradually, regained full possession of his senses, and was able to speak.

Doctors recommended that in the case of neck injury like this, patients need to be rushed to the nearest healthcare centre, following which a breathing tube has to be placed inside their windpipe to keep them alive and should be moved to better hospital for intensive treatment and care only after this procedure is carried out.

"A person's skin is very elastic, whereas the windpipe and oesophagus are not. Thus, under the influence of any force, the outer skin may suffer a trace, but the inner parts might be broken," said Doctor Ly Xuan Quang, from the Cho Ray Hospital's Ear, Nose and Throat Department.

"When broken, the windpipe and oesophagus make it hard for a person to breath. When breathing in, the neck area will inflate and contract, which can be extremely life-threatening," added Doctor Quang, who also conducted the operation on Tam. VNS

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