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Doctors save man pierced in a freak accident by 5-feet long rod through the neck

    Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 6 November 22   A team of doctors at Apollo Multispecialty hospital in Triuchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, saved the life of a 33-years-old man whose neck was pierced through by a feet long iron rod.   Karthikeyan, a resident of Ariyamangalam in the city, was watering the concrete slabs on the first floor of his under-construction house when he accidentally slipped and fell 15 to 20 feet down, on October 15. As he fell, a 5 feet long iron rod with serrated edges pierced through his neck and came out from the back.   “Within fifteen minutes of the mishap, his relatives rushed him to our hospital which is in close vicinity,” informed Apollo Multispecialty Hospital, Triuchirappalli, Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Dr Mohamed Mansoor, who led the operating team.   “On evaluation in emergency, it was seen that he had a 5 feet long iron rod penetrating into the anterior aspect of neck and exiting the posterior aspect of neck.

Temple elephant throws priest off its back, tries to escape into forest

Temple elephant throws priest off its back, tries to escape into forest







 Story by Sumesh RajanMumbai: April 5, 2018



The injured priest 
The incident took place on March 30 during the ‘Arattu’ (holy bath) ceremony wherein the thidambu – a miniature version of the idol of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala shrine – was being carried by the 29-year-old priest named Veenith on the caparisoned tusker from the Sannidhanam (temple complex) in the hill to the river Pamba which is about 7 kilometres downhill.

The heavily chained tusker was being guided by its 39-year-old mahout named Krishna Kumar.

In a video shot by one of the devotees taking part in the ceremony, the tusker can be seen being led slowly on the concrete steps going downhill and the devotees shouting sarana gosham (invocations to Lord Ayyappa). After going down a few steps, suddenly out of the blue, the tusker makes a run for its freedom, and in the process shakes off the priest sitting atop it. In the chaos that followed, 12 people were injured.

The seriously injured priest was rushed to the Government Medical College in nearby Kottayam city, while the others with minor injuries were attended to at a hospital at Pathanamthitta town.

Other mahouts ran behind the elephant and brought it control.

This incident has once again raised questions about the treatment of captive elephants in India, especially the temple elephants of Kerala.

“Elephants in captivity are being exploited for profit in tourism and in festivals under the guise of religion. Many are forced to stand still for hours on end to bless devotees. It is not in the nature of elephants to be immobile. In their natural habitats in the jungles they continuously walk on foraging for food, but in captivity they are chained and kept immobile which frustrates them and makes them run amok,” says wildlife activist Suparna Ganguly who is the Co-founder Trustee of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) and Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC), Bengaluru.

She further added, “These tuskers are forced to walk in blistering heat on hot tar roads, stand at one place continuously thereby causing pain to their legs. The captive elephants also get agitated by loud noise like bursting crackers and confined space. Moreover, they are paraded even during their musth -- an annual cycle when the male elephants are in their peak mating season, characterized by highly aggressive behavior. Unable to withstand the heat and pain, elephants run amok.”

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    Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 6 November 22   A team of doctors at Apollo Multispecialty hospital in Triuchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, saved the life of a 33-years-old man whose neck was pierced through by a feet long iron rod.   Karthikeyan, a resident of Ariyamangalam in the city, was watering the concrete slabs on the first floor of his under-construction house when he accidentally slipped and fell 15 to 20 feet down, on October 15. As he fell, a 5 feet long iron rod with serrated edges pierced through his neck and came out from the back.   “Within fifteen minutes of the mishap, his relatives rushed him to our hospital which is in close vicinity,” informed Apollo Multispecialty Hospital, Triuchirappalli, Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Dr Mohamed Mansoor, who led the operating team.   “On evaluation in emergency, it was seen that he had a 5 feet long iron rod penetrating into the anterior aspect of neck and exiting the posterior aspect of neck.