Surgeon Saves Farmer's Life After He Falls Off Tractor Into Plough
Seriously, it's exactly as horrendous as it sounds.
Kisan Pawar, 36, was turning the heavy vehicle around on the edge of his field on 25 March when the whole thing rolled over and he was chucked into the still-moving machinery.
The blades of the machine the crushed his face completely, breaking loads of his bones and tearing the skin right off his face.
His family, who were working nearby, rushed to his aid and he was taken to the Anuchandra Hospital in Baramati.
After it quickly became obvious his injuries needed special treatment, a specialist from the city of Pune - 100 miles away - was drafted in to help out.
Micro-vascular surgeon Dr Abhishek Ghosh travelled out to be at the patient's bedside, and eventually devised a plan to save him.
Dr Ghosh said: "The doctor from Baramati contacted me and told me about the patient.
"He told me that the patient was not very affording and will be unable to afford the cost of big hospitals in Pune.
"Also, it would be very difficult for the family in the lockdown period [to contain the spread of coronavirus] to manage everything.
"So, it was decided to operate him in Anuchandra Hospital at Baramati itself."
More Like ThisMore Like This
On 30 March, after being given treatment to reduce swelling, he went into surgery.
First up, he had a seven-hour-long tracheotomy, followed by more lengthy facial reconstruction surgery.
Dr Ghosh explained: "His entire facial structure was distorted and facial bones were in pieces.
"What made it more difficult was that all the bones in the mid-face were crushed and in small pieces.
"There was no support to the face.
"Both the orbits had blowout fractures with herniation of the fat in the sinus.
"The nose was completely open and was open to the sinus.
"The palate was also in two pieces. Even the mandible was fractured."
He continued: "Then the orbital blowout was repaired and plated. Finally, the soft tissue of the lips and nose were reconstructed."
Amazingly, he's making a decent recovery. The bones will take longer to heal, but his soft tissue will be repaired in two to three weeks.
Dr Ghosh - it's fair to say - is an absolute genius. He concluded: "The external appearance of the patient will improve with time as swelling reduces. The bony alignment has come good."
Featured Image Credit: SWNS