35 year old male brought in a brain-dead mimic condition post a snake bite, gets a second chance to life!

Global Haryana News / Harjinder Sharma/ Faridabad / 15 October 2020 : Doctors at Fortis Escorts Faridabad displayed their commitment to patient-centric care during the pandemic by immediately responding to an emergency case of a patient who had been bitten by a snake,  was un- responsive with no eye movement and was declared clinically brain dead. As the condition of the patient deteriorated, a team of doctors led by Dr Rohit Gupta, Director-Neurology, Fortis Escorts Faridabad and Dr Supradip Ghosh, Director-Ghosh, Director-Critical Care attended to the patient. What initially appeared to be a straightforward case, soon proved to be a diagnostically challenging case due to delay in treatment.

A resident of Khedi Village, Faridabad the patient sought treatment in different hospitals before he was referred to Fortis Escorts Faridabad. On presentation, he was in a comatose state with no eye movement, complete muscle flaccidity, and had to be put on a ventilator support. To establish a plausible medical explanation for his brain-dead condition an Electroencephalography (EEG), Non-Contrast Computed Tomography (NCCT) and MRI were performed to assess the electrical activity of the brain. Upon careful investigation of the patient’s body, doctors found fang marks on his leg. This indicated that he had been accidentally bitten by a snake, causing him to develop neuro – muscular paralysis

Speaking about the procedure, Dr Rohit Gupta said, “On presentation to the emergency department of the hospital, the cause of patient’s failing health was ascertained. It was important to investigate the patient as he was unconscious for close to few hours. This was an extremely challenging case causing us to believe that there was no hope for the patient. However, after we identified the fang marks, we established accurate diagnosis, and gave him proper treatment. The patient was given anti-snake venom and gradually the patient started responding. After 2 days of treatment, first sign of recovery was seen. By 4th day, he began to respond and started eating and walking on his own. The patient was successfully discharged on the 5th day. The timeliness of the evaluation and our past experience in such cases allowed us to effectively treat the patient and help him emerge from what appears to be a brain-dead state.”

Mr. Mohit Singh, Facility Director, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad said, “This period has been very challenging for everyone specially the frontline healthcare workers. The case was managed taking all necessary precautions and respected staff from various department took care of it. We will continue to provide medical care to the patient with due precautions and adhering to safety protocols.

About Fortis Healthcare Limited

Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 45 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), approximately 10,000 potential beds and over 378 diagnostic centers

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