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French patient airlifted from Maldives to Dubai for live-saving surgery

Image Credit: Courtesy: International Modern Hospital

Dubai: In a successful life-saving procedure, a 43-year old comatose French national who was airlifted from Maldives to International Modern Hospital in Dubai, was able to recover completely after a month following surgery and intensive care treatment and fly back to France.
This is being cited by the hospital as one of the best cases for making Dubai a hub of medical tourism in the region.
Patrick Benharrous, who sustained a head injury while scuba diving in Maldives on October 22, suffered from sepsis and multiple organ failure. He was put on a ventilator and airlifted to Dubai for emergency treatment and subsequently underwent a total colectomy (colon removal)
Providing information about the case, Dr Nitin Tarale, Intensivist, said: “Benharrous suffered injury diving in 24 feet deep water and came to us on a ventilator, suffering from high fever, low blood pressure, internal bleeding in the brain, loose motions, lower limb weakness, renal failure, seizures, etc. His chances of survival were very slim as his condition put him on a high mortality list. We put him on haemodialysis although conducting this procedure in a patient with extremely low blood pressure is very tricky. But we managed to stabilise his condition and, after a fortnight, he developed stress cardio myopathy. He had bilateral pneumonia and his fever would not subside. A CT scan revealed his bowel was too large.”
Dr Rohit Kumar, head of emergency and surgery at IMH, added: “Due to internal injury the patient had developed gangrene in the entire length of his large intestine and also had several fistulas. His abdomen was distended and he had toxic megacolon. Dr Kumar conducted a total colectomy, removing the entire length of the large intestine and excised several parts of his small intestines, cleaned up the decay and put an external drain. With an excellent post-operative care and intensive care unit facilities and exemplar work by a nursing staff round the clock we were able to pull him out of the condition and the patient recovered completely within a month and was able to fly back home.”
Dr Krishna Pallakad, CEO of the hospital, said: “This patient was given a choice by his insurance provider to fly to Singapore or Dubai from Maldives and he chose to come here. We accepted the challenge because we were confident that our multi-speciality hospital would be able to manage a case like this. The patient chose Dubai and we rose to the occasion. Our success says a lot about the state of preparedness medical tourists coming to Dubai can expect.
Beharrous and his wife thanked the team for their excellent handling of the case and the heartfelt empathy shown to them and were thankful they chose to come to Dubai.
Dr Sushum Sharma, medical director of the hospital, said: “Apart from Benharrous, IMH is cultivating a culture of excellence and taking up challenging cases. We are a multi-speciality hospital dealing with more than 30 specialities and have 50 doctors. In the last one month we saved the life of an Iraqi resident, Hiraldo Alva Puri, 37, who was airlifted from Iraq, complaining of sharp abdominal pain that was diagnosed as a cyst in the right lobe of the liver that was then excised and the patient made full recovery. Similarly, another UK patient, Chandulal Popat, 75, was admitted in a critical condition and investigations revealed coronary vessel blocks. The blocks were removed with angiography and the patient was fitted with a pace-maker with plans for coronary angioplasty later. We just want to make a point that, unlike earlier, Dubai is prepared for all kinds of medical eventualities.”
The team working on this case included Dr Ashok Kumar Jayaraj, Dr Nitin Tarale, both specialists in intensive care; Dr Ashraf Satla, consultant neurosurgeon; Dr Rohit Kumar, head of surgery; Dr Najib Zeidan, gastroenterologist; Dr Ravi Sekar and Dr K.G. Sundar, both specialist interventional cardiologists, and a team of paramedics and nurses working round the clock

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