CRPF commandant Chetan Cheeta makes miraculous recovery, discharged from hospital

After fighting for his life for over two months, CRPF commandant Chetan Cheeta, who took nine bullets while fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir, was finally be discharged from Aiims in New Delhi on Wednesday, ANI reported.

Cheeta's recovery — who is now conscious and able to talk — has been termed as "miraculous" by the doctors at Aiims, The Times of India reported.

According to the report, Cheeta was admitted to the ICU with bullet injuries in his head, a fractured upper limbs and a ruptured right eye. The paramilitary officer had to undergo various surgeries. “He had to undergo multiple brain surgeries including two CSF diversion (a procedure used to drain fluid from the brain) and several debridement (removal of damaged or infected tissues),” Hindustan Times quoted Dr Deepak Aggarwal, professor of neurosurgery at Aiims as saying. Cheeta, who was in a comatose state for over a month, is now stable. "His GCS score, a test to gauge the severity of brain injury, was M3. He was in deep coma. Now his score is M6. He is conscious and all vitals are stable," The Times of India report quoted a doctor as saying.

However, doctors cautioned that his severe brain injuries would deter him from being cognitively normal, adding that he would be dependent on his family after the discharge.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju had said that the central government would provide all possible help to Cheeta, while Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also met the soldier back in February.

Cheeta had been injured in the gun fight between three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and a joint team of the CRPF, Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police on 14 February morning in Parraypora village, located in Bandipora district's Hajin area.

The operation was conducted after security forces got a tip-off about the militants having holed-up in the village. Eight people — seven security personnel and one civilian — were injured in the gunfight.

With inputs from agencies

Published Date: Apr 05, 2017 16:38 PM | Updated Date: Apr 05, 2017 16:38 PM

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