He was discharged from the hospital within four days.
48-year-old German tourist Frank Wehne’s happy vacation turned into a life-and-death situation as he was rushed to rushed to a hospital in Ras Al Khaimah, with a ruptured bowel and unbearable abdominal pain.
A quick blood and radiological test by the hospital team revealed that the patient had already been suffering from colonic diverticular disease – a condition where small bulges or pockets can develop in the lining of the large intestine and result in a hole or tear in the large bowel.
The patient was also suffering from severe stomach ache, nausea and loss of appetite for over a day.
In order to stabilise his condition, doctors at the hospital immediately shifted him to the ICU and put him on medication. The same day he underwent a successful laparoscopic surgery to treat the ruptured bowel.
The patient was discharged within just four days and travelled back to his country.
“His condition was critical because a hole or tear in the large bowel means that the intestinal contents – such as bacteria, partially digested food and stool – can spill into one’s abdomen and cause serious infection known as Sepsis. If not diagnosed and treated at an early stage, it can be life-threatening,” explained Dr Anup Kumar Panigrahi, Specialist and Head of Department, Minimal Access Surgery at RAK Hospital, who operated on the patient.
Published: khaleejtimes.com | October 30, 2018
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