Javelin injury: Student makes slow recovery


By Madura Ranwala

The student whose cheek was pierced by a javelin head is slowly recovering. He has been breathing on his own since yesterday morning in the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL).

 NHSL Director, Dr. Anil Jasinghe told The Island that General Consultant Surgeon Dr. Wasantha Wijenayake, OMF Consultant Surgeon Ananda Ratnayake and ENT Senior Registrar, Dr. Chintaka Kalyana Gunaratne had removed the head of the javelin in a two hour operation.

Dr. Jasinghe said that the student had had a narrow escape. Vital organs have not been damaged; else it would have been instant death."

 He also commended the doctors who had initially treated the student at the Embilipitiya hospital and the persons who admit him to that hospital without trying to remove the javelin that got lodged in the cheek. Before dispatching the patient to Colombo under anaesthesia and with the aid of a portable ventilator the doctors had first cut and removed the shaft of the javelin.

Gayan Madushan is a Prefect at the Panamure Maha Vidyalaya, Embilipitiya and he was struck by a javelin on Thursday morning, while measuring the length of the throws in the playground in preparation for the forthcoming school sports meet.

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