Menace of Chinese ‘manjha’: Successful surgery saves injured son of ex-Indian cricketer

His condition was so severe that it necessitated emergency attention.

24-year-old Arjun Singh (son of former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh) underwent successful lip saving surgery at Max Hospital Vaishali after being severely wounded by Chinese ‘manjha’ (kite string) on Independence Day. While riding his bicycle, he sustained a severe injury on his lips and fingers to such an extent that his upper lip was badly injured and cut on both sides. With severe blood loss, he lost consciousness and was admitted by a passer-by to Max Hospital Vaishali. His condition was so severe that it required emergency attention.

“With severe blood loss the patient was in a very serious condition and his lip was so badly injured that it required immediate surgery in order to restore the functional and aesthetic outcomes. Following all the safety precautions amid the COVID crisis, plastic surgery was successfully performed to restore the shape, alignment and functions of the lips. While the injuries peaked on the day of 15th August, the onset of a patient with injuries to neck and face started reporting a month before at both our units at Patparganj and Vaishali.” said Dr Manoj K Johar, Director & Head, Dept of Plastic Surgery, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali.

A lot of times such victims also tend to suffer falls at high speeds or collisions with other vehicles due to loss of control, thereby not only endangering their own lives but also of others. After similar incidents were reported in 2016, the Government had issued a ban on the use of Chinese ‘manjha’, but now its use has gone up again.

“A careless use of this string for entertainment by some people is exposing innocent bystanders to a potential life-threatening risk for no fault of theirs. The string causes direct injury to the vital structures such as the hand, neck, and face leading to immediate disruption of normal activities, pain and discomfort, permanent scars, and in some cases permanent disfigurement. We thus appeal to the people at large to abstain from buying and using the silent killer and also appeal to the traders not to make a business out of this. The Government also needs to enforce the ban on the use of such Chinese manjha more strictly. In fact, with the current tensions with China, this should be the part of banned items,” Dr Johar added.

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