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Arrow-hit tribal girl operated in Kolkata
Published on 9 Jan. 2011 11:39 PM IST
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A group of neurosurgeons has extracted an 11-inch-long arrow, made of iron, from the left eye of an 18-year-old girl of West Tripura in a private nursing home in Kolkata.
Iturani, from a poor tribal family, was hit by an arrow shot by her younger brother on January 6.
Former MLA and senior Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) leader Nagendra Jamatia, who made all arrangements for her treatment, said here today that the doctors, led by neurosurgeon A K Bhattacharya, had extracted the arrow after a six-hour long operation.
Soon after operation, Iturani had gained consciousness, but doctors said they could not say anything for seven days. The doctors said the arrow went about 11 inches inside the eye and touched the girls central nervous system.
Quoting Dr Bhattacharjee, Jamatia said since the iron arrow was left for 48 hours inside her head, there was a possibility of infection and her left eye needed to be removed in the next operation. Iturani was rushed to the State Referral Hospital IGM at Agartala within an hour, but unfortunately the arrow could not be removed. Subsequently, she was shifted to Agartala Government Medical College from where she was referred to Kolkata.
Jamatia had arranged for the travel and treatment of Iturani in Kolkata after 24 hours of the incident and following him, some other individuals also made contributions for her treatment.

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