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Ninpueak, Namat can now use their hands

Olivia Olarte-Ulherr / 12 January 2013

A complex microsurgery enabled two patients with severely crushed arm and hand regain hand function by 80 to 90 per cent.

Khaleej TimesMachine operator Chalong Ninpueak, 45, was working in a sewage tunnel in the Capital in March when a metal pipe fell down 70 metres below, hitting his outstretched arm on the trolley train.

The injury on his upper right arm and hand left him with a bone fracture, complete radial nerve cut and hand paralysis, requiring three separate surgeries.

Six months after his operation, the Thai national underwent his fourth, a five-hour reconstructive surgery, at Mafraq Hospital.

“We did a tendon transfer to improve the function of the hand; a very complicated procedure that requires training in hand surgery and microsurgery,” explained Dr Muqdad Al Hammadi, consultant plastic and hand surgeon at the hospital.

The Emirati doctor is an accredited professional by the German board of plastic surgery.

Prior to surgery, Ninpueak was unable to move or flex his hand up. He also lost his grip. But four months later and after an extensive therapy, he was able to perform basic functions again such as shaking hands, turning a door knob and writing.

“He can do complete extension of his hand now. He’s regained 90 per cent of his functions back,” Dr Al Hammadi said.

Khaleej Times“I’m very happy. I can now use my hand again,” expressed Ninpueak.

Fireman Ahmed Jassi Namat, 23, got injured eight months ago when a blast left behind metal fragments imbedded in his left arm, from elbow down. Last month, he underwent reconstructive surgery at Mafraq Hospital. “I used the same technique, using spare muscle and tendon... without opening (microsurgery),” Dr Al Hammadi explained.

“My hand was paralysed and painful before the operation. Afterwards, I found 80 per cent improvement in my hand function and this is just within a month,” related the Jordanian national. “I am very happy with the result,” he added. The next step is for Namat to follow and be consistent with his rehabilitation programme, said Felicidad Cinco, occupational therapist at Mafraq Hospital.

Ninpueak and Namat are two of the three complicated cases that Dr Al Hammadi and his team have successfully operated and rehabilitated in the past year and a half.


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