Dr. Ishwar Bohra
BLK Centre for Orthopaedics,
& Spine Surgery
BLK Super Speciality
Hospital, New Delhi
Walking Again At 97
Fixing a hip fracture in an almost century old patient
Yashila Jamir, a 97 year old lady from Nagaland was battling with
several old age diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism,
Osteoporosis, Cardiac and Kidney ailments and had recently suffered
a severe hip bone fracture. The old lady was first taken to several
hospitals in Nagaland, however, considering her age and critical
condition the doctors refused to operate on her. The lady’s will to live
and her determination even motivated the family to transport her by
means of an air ambulance to BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New
Delhi to avail advance care and treatment.
When she reached BLK, she was in severe pain due to the fractured hip
bone and existing co-morbidities. Her condition started deteriorating
while she was undergoing her preliminary tests and examinations. It
was then decided to take her up for an immediate surgery.
To salvage the damaged bone was a real challenge, keeping in mind the
age and fragile health of the nonagenarian. Administering anaesthesia
for the surgery was another challenge considering her age and other
complications related to anaesthesia. She is probably the eldest lady
in the country with a fractured hip, multiple health concerns and
still fighting for survival. The aim of the procedure was to repair the
fracture and to make her walk again. Extra care was taken to avoid
the complications which could have aroused for a bed ridden patient.
With all expert opinion, the patient was optimized for surgery and the
fracture was repaired with proximal femoral nail for early mobility.
The patient was kept in ICU after surgery for one day. She was
discharged after five days and started walking with the support of a
walker. Presently, she is doing well and is in good health.