A doctor in Kuwait warns of an increase in serious injuries due to road accidents

Written by Faten Omar

KUWAIT: According to the World Health Organization, every year the lives of about 1.3 million people die due to road accidents. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, and many develop disabilities as a result of their injuries. In this context, Neurosurgeon Dr. Hassan Khajah stated that the increase in disability cases in Kuwait is caused by many factors, especially due to road accidents where drivers use the phone while driving. He mentioned that the age group that comes to hospital emergency rooms due to accidents ranges from 16 to 30 years old.

Khajah, who is a consultant in Neurosurgery, Spine, and Radiosurgery, told Kuwait Times that many serious accidents occur due to bad habits while driving, including posting on social media while driving. He added that fractures, partial or total paralysis are among those seriously injured. He pointed out that Kuwait receives a large number of cases per day due to car accidents, while his clinic receives no less than five patients per day, adding that even after surgery, patients will not be the same as before, but chronic diseases will be. caused.

“A person lost his back because of an accident on his motorcycle. He had a road rash when he fell off his bike and was dragging on the bad asphalt. We had to open a special place for the waste to leave the body. “If a person comes out of the accident alive, his recovery may take months, without hundreds of thousands paid for surgery, and eventually, he may be permanently disabled,” he added.

Meanwhile, Khajah stressed that Kuwait is among the developed countries in the field of medical technology, adding that the modern medical technology era has enabled doctors to end the suffering of patients with skull and spine deformities. “Putting a battery in the spine costs KD 50,000 outside of Kuwait. In Kuwait, the price of the device is KD 10,000,” he said. “The battery is something called Lioresal. There are pills, which are used as muscle relaxants, but their effect is intense. We have conditions like cerebral palsy, stroke, or brain hemorrhage. In this case, the body does not control the resting state. For example, if a person fumbles with a pen, their muscles will not allow them to drop it, causing muscle tension, pain and joint damage. Therefore, we apply the battery to relax the muscles, relieve pain and protect the body parts so as not to damage the joints, and aim for nursing care.

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Dr. Hassan Khajah is standing in his clinic.

“When I went to Sweden, I was surprised by the presence of a whole team specialized in neurosurgery, he commented. “When I returned to Kuwait in 2004, I transferred this technology to Kuwait, and the Ministry of Health provided batteries, and within a year and a half, nearly 50 batteries were installed in Kuwait.” Khajah said that his name is registered in the United States of America and Scandinavia as a consultant for any case in the Gulf region, adding, “They are contacting me to get the first permission in this case. They trusted me as someone in the Gulf who will follow up on these cases.”

Regarding the battery, he said, “Since we started installing batteries, we have created a unit that will track patients and make sure that the right batteries and dosages are available. When I see a patient with muscle tension, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy, I do a trail implant before I put in an actual battery. I put a small tube on his back, the maximum effect is 8 hours, and during that, if I find him ready for transplantation, I give him 100 micrograms and arrange the battery to inject this percentage within 24 hours. The Ministry of Health provided the necessary ampoules for KD 220-250, while the battery required four ampoules. The battery should be replaced every five to six years.”

The ‘Gamma Knife’ is a tool that Dr. Khajah was able to bring to Kuwait to treat tumors, vascular malformations, and other abnormalities in the brain, explaining that the machine is used to operate on brain tumors without a scalpel, it just performs radiation surgery. . He pointed out that Kuwait is the only country in the Gulf that provides it, he said that it is an important technology in neurosurgery because brain and nerve machines are expensive, and the surgeon must have knowledge and rely on himself without the help of others.

“Surgery methods have changed in the last 20 years,” he said. “Methods have become easier, save half the time, and the success rate is better. Medicine must be developed, and development does not need to attend foreign forums; information can even be accessed on YouTube.”

Khajah told the Kuwait Times that some surgeries to remove a tumor from the base of the brain take 48 hours. “The most difficult operation for me was at Jahra Hospital in the middle of the night. The policeman was involved in a car accident, and was left with a serious head injury. I was alone, and the success rate was half a percent. The operation was very dangerous, and I had to remove part of the skull to save the patient’s life, and he was bleeding everywhere. His survival was a miracle,” he added.

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