An emergency bronchoscopy was done on the child to remove the seed from his bronchus. “It is a difficult surgery as even a slight mistake can become fatal,” said Dr P Sivaprakasham, Resident Medical Officer of CMCH. In a minimal invasive procedure, the ENT surgeons, Dr KB Motilal and Dr V Aravindan, gently inserted the bronchoscope instrument into the mouth and reached the bronchus via larynx and trachea or the wind pipe. Within 20 minutes, the seed was gently pulled out of the bronchus. A few months ago, the hospital performed a similar procedure to save a child which had a nut stuck on his bronchus.
Mar 23, 2009
For the last six months, two-and-a-half-year-old Bahadur was coughing, huffing and puffing non-stop. The boy’s father, Shah Jahan from Palakkad took him to several private hospitals in Kerala. But the boy got no relief. His parents remained clueless about his coughing spree and respiratory problem. Finally, on Saturday afternoon, the innocent smile was back on the boy’s face as a team of doctors at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), tracked the source of his respiratory problem –– a black seed of the custard apple was sitting snugly in his bronchus (the air passage between the wind pipe and the lungs). Instead of sliding down the food pipe, the seed had entered the wind pipe and got stuck in the bronchus.