Firing victims receive injuries in vital organs

Srinagar, April 17, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, besides killing five people, many have been inflicted with grievous injuries in firing by Indian troops that have threatened their lives with lifelong disabilities. Showkat A Ganai, 25-year old waiter, struggles to breathe after his brain surgery at SMHS Hospital Recovery Ward. His hospital file states that he has a firearm injury in head. “He was returning from the local mosque when people started running as they were chased by security forces. They fired many shells on people, one of those hit Showkat in head,” his father narrates.

“He used to earn a few thousand rupees in a small restaurant in Kupwara town and support his family of six people,” he adds. The doctor at Recovery Ward said that Showkat seemed stable after the surgery. “But what the outcome of the surgery would be in terms of conservation of all vital senses and mobility is yet to be seen,” he said. Showkat is not the only one whose life is at stake due to an injury.

At Bone and Joint Hospital, 20-year-old Fazil M Lone from Gulgam Kupwara has been hit in the right knee with a bullet. Sajjad Ahmed Butt, 21, from Poshpora, Kupwara, has been hit in the lower limb by bullet. He also has a ‘non-bullet trauma’ in the same leg. The young, innocent face of 15 years old Javid Ahmed from Nutnusa Kupwara belies the pain of his dual injuries. His left wrist and right thigh have been hit with bullets. The 17-year-old Ishfaq Majid from Guloora Kupwara has been hit in the leg by a bullet. He has suffered supracondylar hemurus fracture due to bullet injury.

“He might lose his limb. Supracondylar hemurus is a serious limb injury, very difficult to set it right,” a senior orthopedic said. He went on to explain the fallouts of bullet injuries in limb. “Any bullet injury in limb could be devastating. There are nerves, blood vessels that get snapped due to bullet injuries. Such injuries could result in paralysis if not amputation,” he said. At Soura Institute of Medical Sciences, 28 years old Nazir Sheikh is recuperating, after losing part of his lung. “Lung function is important to let a person do normal activity,’ a pulmonologist said in an interview.

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