CRPF commandant recovers after nearly 2 months in coma

Miraculous comeback

CRPF commandant recovers  after nearly 2 months in coma

A Central Reserve Polic Force (CRPF) commandant who slipped into coma after he was shot nine times during an encounter with terrorists in Kashmir, has made a “miraculous” recovery and was discharged from AIIMS on Wednesday.

Chetan Kumar Cheeta was brought to the trauma centre at AIIMS on February 14 after he was airlifted from Srinagar.

Doctors  said he responded very well to the intensive medical care that went on for close to two months.

Professor of Trauma Surgery Subodh Kumar, while announcing the recovery, said it was “nothing short of a miracle”.

Gupta said the Commanding Officer (CO) of the CRPF’s 45th battalion in Kashmir had suffered bullet injuries in his brain, right eye, abdomen, both arms and in the buttock region.
According to doctors, the chances of Cheeta regaining sight in his right eye is “bleak”, though his left eye, which was also injured due to splinters, has been restored.

Cheeta’s wife, Uma Singh, who has been beside her husband since the encounter, said the journey is not yet over and that the final reward would be the day her husband dons his uniform to go back to work.

“Doctors used to say he was in coma, but whenever I met him and held his hands he would respond by moving his fingers. That strengthened my faith that he was coming back to me,” Uma said.

Cheeta, from Rajasthan, was injured in an encounter in the Hajjan area on February 14, where the CRPF and the state police had laid siege following intelligence inputs that two foreign terrorists were hiding in the vicinity.

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