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Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 7 February 2021  A glacial burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India on February 7 has caused massive havoc on its downhill path along the Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers.  The disaster occured after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand.  The Tapovan power plant being constructed over the Dhauligana river and the Rishiganga power project across the Rishiganga river -- a tributary of Dhauliganga -- have been damaged completely with sludge overwhelming the projects, say local officials.  Over 150 people are said to have lost their lives in this disaster and scores are missing. Ten bodies have been recovered so far from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power project site at Tapovan, said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials. The missing persons are believed to be labourers working at the dam sites and villagers along the river. T

Doctors save man choking on live fish that slithered into his mouth

Doctors save man choking on live fish that slithered into his mouth

Sagaya Fernando
Mumbai: 26 April 2020

60-year-old Kadalaparambil Krishnan, suffering from speech impairment since young, has been fishing in the freshwater canal near his house at Edakkazhiyur near the town of Chavakkad in coastal Kerala, India, since childhood. On 21st April, it was like any other day for him after a netting a catch of karimeen (Pearl Spot) fish. While picking the catch from the net, he suddenly collapsed on to the ground. It was gathered later that, while collecting the fishes from the net, he was holding onto the live fish by his teeth while reaching out to gather the other fishes caught in the net, when the fish slipped from his teeth and went deep into his throat.

When people standing in the vicinity rushed to his help, unable to speak he motioned his hands towards his mouth and that’s when they realized that a live fish had slithered deep into his mouth and he was choking on it. Krishnan’s son and son-in-law who were informed about the incident put him on a motorbike and rushed to the nearest hospital at Chavakkad, but the doctors there referred him to a better equipped Amala Institute of Medical Sciences located in Thrissur, about 25 kms away.

“Krishnan was gasping for breath and was in a serious condition when he was brought to our hospital,” informed ENT specialist and Associate Professor Dr Arjun G Menon of Amala Hospital who attended on the patient.

He further added, “There was no time to shift the patient to an operation theatre as he was gasping when he reached our hospital casualty, and so we decided to conduct the extraction of the fish from his throat without any further delay.”

“Luckily for Krishnan, somewhere there was space for air entry hence did not die. The brain is extremely sensitive to the complete lack of oxygen for even 6 to 8 minutes,” said he.

“The extraction procedure lasted less than 10 minutes wherein the entire karimeen fish was pulled out of the patient’s throat and we were able to save Krishnan’s life,” said Dr Menon.

“It is a rare incident, and the timely medical help saved his life,” said he.


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