Asward won’t require immediate surgery: Lanka Hospital

Raajje TV journalist Ibrahim Waheed (Aswaad), who was attacked on the head with an iron rod while he was travelling on a motorcycle near Artificial Beach on 22nd February  in critical condition.

Raajje TV journalist Ibrahim Waheed (Aswaad), who was attacked on the head with an iron rod while he was travelling on a motorcycle near Artificial Beach on 22nd February in critical condition.

The RaajjeTV reporter Asward who was brutally attacked Friday by unknown men in Male sustained serious injuries, but would not require surgery for now, Lanka Hospital said Monday morning.

Dr K.T. Iraivan, Assistant General Manager of Operations at the hospital, said doctors were “medically managing” Ibrahim ‘Asward’ Waheed’s condition. The extent of his brain injuries was not clear because he was sedated in order to prevent further damage, he added.

“We’re managing the wounds, and also managing the swellings, and also whatever the little bit of damage the brain had sustained. It’s a ‘wait and watch’ policy; that is we can’t open up and do something, and there’s absolutely no requirement for that,” he said.

However, Dr Iraivan said Waheed’s pupil was reacting – a sign that his brain was functioning.

“We’re waiting till the tubes are taken out, till the sedation is out [in order] to see how his brain activity is. But the good news is, we normally check the brain activity through the pupil reaction – that is reacting very well,” he said.

Dr Iraivan noted that Waheed had a fit while being treated in Male. He, however, has not experienced any such complications since his admission on Saturday at the surgical intensive care unit of the hospital, he added.

The 22-year-old journalist is expected to remain at the ICU for another 3-5 days followed by minor surgeries to correct his facial fractures.

Waheed had been brutally beaten with an iron rod while riding with a colleague on a motor cycle at around 1.25am. He was rushed to the ADK Hospital in Male where doctors identified serious injuries to his head and face.

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