Assaulted by patient, injured nurse comes out of coma


Published Feb 8, 2017.

KOLKATA: Victoria Thokchom, the 26-year-old nurse who had her skull fractured after being assaulted by a dengue patient at a south Kolkata nursing home last October will be released from hospital on Wednesday. Thokchom, who hails from Manipur, had slipped into coma for a month after the injury. She suffered multiple clots in her brain and went through two surgeries. But Victoria still can’t speak and will need months of treatment to recover her speech.

According to doctors at the Institute of Neurosciences Kokata (INK) where she has been under treatment for the last three-and-half months, Thokchom is back on her feet and is ready to resume normal activities.

On October 20, 2016, Thokchom was on duty at the ICU of her nursing home when a dengue patient attacked her and two of her colleagues with an iron rod. While the others got away with minor injuries, Thokchom collapsed and lost consciousness after the assault. She slipped into coma and gained consciousness after a month. “She had a fracture in her skull. But her recovery has been almost miraculous. The injuries were very serious and they took a long time to heal. But fortunately the surgeries were successful which ensured that the clots in her brain dissolved. Ever since she has been steadily recovering,” said RP Sengupta, chairman, INK.

Even though her movements are still restricted, Victoria can walk with assistance. The brain injury has affected her speech, but she has improved over the last two months, said doctors. “It’s still unclear and her treatment will have to continue. It could take several more months for her to recover completely,” said Sengupta. Victoria was treated by Dipen Pradhan at INK.


Courtesy: The Times of India


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