Jammu : When nature had played havoc in Kashmir valley, the flood waters of Jhelum river severely disrupted life at Anantnag, On 10th September, while the family of five year old, Saira Bilal was moving for safe shelter, the girl unfortunately sustained a head injury at around 10 am with a big branch of a tree striking her.

At 11 am, the family members managed to take her to MMABM Hospital at Anantnag. The doctors diagnosed the case as ‘Severe Head Injury’ and referred the child to Medical College at Srinagar. With the flood situation worsening and of blocking all roads, there was no way to take the child to Srinagar.

There came the helicopter of the Indian Air Force which emerged as the true saviour. The child alongwith her grandmother Jehana Begam were flown to Srinagar Airport but the worsening flood situation made it impossible for Saira to be taken ahead towards any hospital at Srinagar.

The Indian Air Force took the initiative to send her to Jammu. An aircraft of the Indian Air Force brought Saira to Jammu. From the Air Force base Jammu, a frantic SOS message was passed to 166 Military Hospital to receive the patient.

The child was admitted to Military Hospital, Jammu on the night of 10th September almost after 12 hours of sustaining the head injury.

On arrival the girl child was irritable and confused. Brig Harjai added that her Glasgow Coma Scale was only 10/15 at time of admission. Her CT scan of head was carried out immediately, which revealed fracture of left parietal bone of the skull. She was managed conservatively.

Saria and her grandmother were provided the necessary assistance by the Good Samaritan nursing staff of the Military Hospital with clothing and toiletries. The Indian Armed Forces made it possible to wheel in the serious patient to the hospital in the hour of crisis and dire need. She has since then improved and will return home shortly. The dedicated care of Armed Forces has saved a tender life.

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