KOLKATA: Aabesh Dasgupta may have survived had a piece of glass from a broken liquor bottle that was embedded in his armpit not got dislodged. The glass shard that impaled him and cut through the axillary artery had also acted as a plug that prevented blood from oozing out for over a minute. But the glass fell off on its own, exposing the 6×4-inch gash.

As blood began to flow freely, Aabesh slumped to the garage floor, leading to his death.

Orthopaedic surgeon and trauma care expert Ramendra Hom Chowdhury confirmed the glass piece coming off led to Aabesh’s rapid collapse. “The unwritten code in such cases is to keep things as it is till one is under medical supervision. A boy survived even after a metallic rod pierced through his body as it was removed at SSKM hospital and sutures were done immediately. , thereby minimizing blood loss. When a sharp embedded object is pulled out, either by the victim or someone else trying to help, it does more harm than good,” he said.

Autopsy surgeons, who visited the incident spot twice, have in their primary opinion said it did not seem anyone pulled out the shard but it fell off on its own. The police, however, are still searching for corroborative CCTV footage to establish it. A top source in Lalbazar insisted they had not recovered any significant glass piece in the parking area and all seizures had been made in the playground where Aabesh initially fell.

Homicide officials, with years of experience in dealing with entry and exit wounds, felt even if a teenager did attempt to pull out the glass, it would not be enough to proceed against the person. “It is but natural for anyone to help pull out a foreign object,” an official said.

A doctor at AMRI Dhakuria, where Aabesh was taken on Saturday, had identified his armpit wound as the primary cause of his death. The cut through the axillary artery, the blood vessel that pumps out almost a litre of blood every minute to the lower portion of the thorax, left hand and the left armpit, had led to several litres of blood loss. “A deep cut could lead to about 4 litre blood flowing out in a matter of three-four minutes, which can prove fatal,” the doctor said.

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Source: TOI-Kol