Chennai: In a first-of-its-kind treatment, an expert doctors team from Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital saved 10-year-old boy Tharun from Nagapattinam who had swallowed a button type lithium ion battery.
The doctors team had adopted video endoscopy method to remove the battery from the food pipe of the boy 48 hours after he swallowed the foreign object.
Tharun is the eldest son of painter Mathiazhagan and homemaker Dhanam. On 28 September, Tharun, playing outside his residence, accidentally swallowed a lithium button battery from the radio. Following this he developed severe stomach pain and vomiting.
Doctors at the Nagapattinam government hospital found through an X-ray that the battery blocked the food pipe of the boy. Initially, first aid was given and he was referred to Tiruvarur government hospital and then to Thanjavur Government Medical College Hospital for further medical assistance.
Being a rare and medical emergency, which requires expert and specialty care, he was later referred to the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, Chennai.
The parents and the boy reached the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, on 30 September, where a team of pediatrician and ENT surgeons examined the child and realised the need of endoscopy/surgical intervention by experts.
Hence, they discussed the issue with the surgical gastroenterology team at Government Stanley Medical College Hospital at 10 pm on 30 September over phone and subsequently the child was transferred in 108 ambulance to the Institute of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant of Stanley Medical College.
After consultations with the Director and Head of the Department, P Ravichandran, and C Sugumar, a team headed by S Jeswanth, Duty Assistant Surgeon R Prabhakaran and Duty Anaesthetist Arul Raj, along with senior doctors and staff, endoscopically removed the button battery successfully from his food pipe under anesthesia around 11 pm.