Kochi: A six-year-old boy, whose nose, lips and a portion of his cheek got severed in a road mishap ten days ago, successfully underwent a complex surgery to re-plant them in what is claimed to be the country's first composite facial part replant at a private hospital in Kochi.
The surgery was performed at the Specialist Hospital here on Ajaykumar, a first standard student, and he was recovering and would be able to attend the school in three months, doctors said on Friday.
Though facial replants have been performed earlier, this was the first time facial part replant was being done, Dr R Jayakumar, Head of the Department of Plastic and Micro Vascular Surgery, who performed the challenging operation recently, told reporters.
The mishap occurred on Dec 20 at Alapuzha when a car hit the autorickshaw in which the boy was travelling along with his uncle and aunt.
He was immediately rushed to the hospital. The severed portions of the face parts were retrieved by the policemen from the accident spot and were sent to the hospital in another ambulance.