GANGTOK: Dr Sanjay Upreti, who risked his life to save sanitary attendant Kalawati Chettri, has lost his left leg to amputation on Thursday. The cardiologist is under the ‘highest possible medical support’ at the Neotia Hospital in Siliguri and has suffered from multi organ failure.

Dr Upreti’s close aid and colleague, interventional cardiologist Dr. DP Rai from STNM Hospital, is currently at the Siliguri nursing home, to aid his colleagues as they fight for their lives.

Dr Sanjay Upreti has suffered multi organ failure with kidney shutdown, Dr Rai said, and is undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).

“The blood vessels in his leg were completely shattered because haemostitis also took time. Massive transfusion is being given, and as a result he is suffering from multi organ failure,” Dr Rai informed.

Dr Upreti’s leg could not be revived as it has turned gangrenous. “After thorough discussion, we have conducted amputation. His leg is almost non-functional now.”

Sanitary attendant Kalawati Chettri, meanwhile, is also fighting for her life at the hospital after suffering major injury in her abdomen and massive bleeding.

“The bleeding has stopped and her vital organs are being normalised. She may need to be operated upon soon,” Dr Rai said.

Sources said the incdident at the hospital by one Tshering Bhutia, a 42-year-old resident of Tathangchen, was a personal attack on attendant Kalawati Chettri, who was avoiding calls from the attacker. When her phone was switched off at work, this person walked into the hospital, found her on the fourth floor and viciously stabbed her around her thigh. The doctor close by, Sanjay Upreti, tried intervening to save her but he was also attacked.

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