Navi Mumbai, 19 May 2022: Mr. Ashirvad Ladage, 42-year-old police personnel, attached to the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) of Raigad district police was grievously injured in a gelatin blast that he was attempting to neutralize in the police premises at Mahad in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Mr. Ashirvad was in an insentient state when he arrived at ER of Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai, he had suffered multiple fatal injuries to vital organs internal and external. He was immediately admitted to Apollo Hospital Navi Mumbai.
He had sustained multiple injuries, due to the intensity of the blast resulting in multiple splinter injuries with foreign bodies penetrating his face, eyes, and abdomen. Eye injury resulted in a large metal piece in his left eye with a cataract and a retinal tear. His right ribs were shattered. Sensitive internal organs like the intestine and liver were darting up in the wounds. Moreover, there was an evolution of the right ear and multiple wounds over the lateral abdomen.
He required multiple surgeries and a multidisciplinary team of expert consultants from Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai came together to deliberate an immediate plan for damage control followed by definitive treatment to bring him back to normal life, which involved his ability to eat food and ensuring digestion, improving his vision, hearing, and to limit the disability of right hand.
The team of doctors said that the patient has recovered 90% of his vision, but a definitive line of post-operative treatment is required to recuperate from the grave trauma and injuries inflicted by blasts. It is estimated to take around a year for the patient to be medically fit and join his duty back. Dr. Shalin Dubey, Consultant, General Surgery, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai said: "Intestinal Injuries have been taken care of and now he can take normal food & have normal digestion."
Dr. Mahesh Uparkar, Consultant, Ophthalmology, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai said, “2 stage surgery was planned for left eye for visual rehabilitation. The cataract was removed along with a metal foreign body and the retinal tear was fixed in the first stage. The impact of injury and blast is a risk of glaucoma in both eyes due to internal ocular injury and close watch and eye drops can halt the progression of glaucoma. Later an intraocular lens was glued inside his eye resulting in near-complete recovery”.
Mr. Santosh Marathe, Regional CEO said: “I would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our police officers in preserving the line of duty and assisting others in their time of need. We are grateful to have such courageous police officers in our country and we salute their spirit. The very complex nature of injury patterns in bomb blast victims possesses a great challenge to treat. Our multi-speciality team of doctors is working relentlessly in tandem to ensure a successful and sustained recovery for the patient. The team of doctors is constantly focused on the complete monitoring of the patient for his speedy recovery.”