Two months after being in a coma after getting shot 9 times by terrorist in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, Chetan Kumar Cheetah is now conscious and talking and ready to go his home.
Calling it nothing short of a miraculous escape from death, the doctors at AIIMS says that the commandant of CRPF is fit to be discharged. When he was first brought into the hospital, the 45-years-old had bullet injuries in his head, the upper limbs were badly fractured and the globe of his right eye had ruptured.
The encounter, that took place on 14th of Feb, left three soldiers and one militant dead in Hajin area of Bandipora district of Kashmir. Cheetah got injured in the same encounter with the terrorist.
To prevent bleeding, the CRPF commandant was first taken to military hospital in Srinagar. However, given the extent of the injuries and his comatose state, it was decided to airlift him to the AIIMS trauma centre.
Within 24 hours of admission, surgery was conducted to remove a portion of the skull to reduce intracranial pressure. Cheetah was put on heavy antibiotics to reduce infection and his wounds were repeated cleaned, doctors said.
But it was not the medical and surgical intervention alone that helped Cheetah spring back to life. His wife, Uma Singh, said the CRPF commandant’s penchant for fitness and strong willpower helped too.
To mark the honour and valour for the soldier, MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju met the soldier in the hospital after he gets conscious. Thanking the doctors at AIIMS for their extraordinary work Rijiju said that he was amazed to see Cheetah smiling and that his battle with life will boost the morale of other officers.
The CRPF commandant has two kids, both of them studying in school, and Singh said they are waiting for dad to return.