Hit by pellets ‘almost everywhere’, Pulwama boy battles for life

A driver by profession, Amir (name changed) would perhaps never be able to drive again as his eye has been perforated by the deadly pellets.
Hit by pellets ‘almost everywhere’, Pulwama boy battles for life
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A driver by profession, Amir (name changed) would perhaps never be able to drive again as his eye has been perforated by the deadly pellets. However, what his family is worried about, is his survival.

His family tries to make sense of beeps and numbers flashing on a monitor to which he is wired at the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) of SMHS hospital here. Scared to even touch him, his attendants try to wipe a smear of blood on his hand pierced with the infusion needles. Pellets have hit him in his face, neck, eyes, chest and abdomen, according to his medical file.

The 22-year-old from Pulwama had been fired upon by pellet guns from a close range. "We were told by witnesses that security forces had chased a group of protestors and he was caught," a family member said. "He was kicked and an entire cartridge of pellets was emptied on him."

The hundreds of holes all over his body is a testimony to this story.

Doctors said Amir had extensive perforations in gut. "We have repaired his gut and he is under observation," said a doctor.  He said the gut perforations are serious injuries and can be life-threatening if not managed well.

"He seems to be stable but is being observed," he said.

Doctors at the Trauma Theatre were busy repairing the eye-injuries caused by pellets.

In the past 24 hours, three persons have been hit by pellets in both eyes, including 16-year-old Uzair from Pattan and 18-year-old Shahnawaz from Shopian. Last evening, 20-year-old Mudasir had been brought to the hospital with pellets in both eyes. Doctors said his injuries were 'bad'.

The load of pellet-hit is so huge that the patients have been admitted at the Medical Wards also.

In Ward 09, 11-year-old Shafiq (name changed) from Sopore has just been brought out of the operation theatre. His right eye has been repaired by doctors—an injury caused by pellets. His father is looking for 'another blanket' in the Ward to cover him. "He is saying he is feeling cold after the surgery. I have no bedding to cover him," he pleads before another patient's attendant. "We had no time to get essential things from home."

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