A very unfortunate event has occured in the sport of Archery yesterday, as a young archer from Assam named Shivangini Gohain has been injured during training session. The 12 year old has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science Trauma Centre in New Delhi. Following a surgery today, the teenager has been shifted to ICU for further medical investigation.
During her practice session at the Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College in Chabua in the district of Dubrugarh, Shivangini met with the accident. The arrow, measuring 15 cm, pierced her shoulder, damaging her shoulder bone and left lung, and lodged itself with a slight contact with the vertebral artery.
“She was admitted to the hospital at around 8 pm. Doctors are examining her and she is undergoing investigations. A decision on the course of treatment to be provided to her or performing a surgery will be taken soon,” a senior doctor present at the Trauma Centre said yesterday after her admission.
Dr. Deepak Gupta, a professor of neurosurgery at AIIMS had spoken to the reporters following Shivangini’s admission. “Around 0.5 cm of the arrow was in front of the spinal cord. It was a very complex surgery,” the doctor told reporters.
Shivangini, who hails from Deodhai village, was training alone without the presence of her coach, former Indian archer Mercy Ignatius, as confirmed by the Assam Archery Association.
The joint secretary, Pulin Das spoke about the occurence of the tragic incident. “There is a SAI contractual coach, Marcy, and he has left for the Khelo India Games in Guwahati.” Pulin spoke to PTI over a phone session.
He also added that the principal of Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College was not supervising Shivangini, and local officials were also absent from the spot.
He continued: “He didn’t instruct the trainees to stop the camp for some time nor did the college principal, who acted as administrator of the extension centre, looked after the practice,”
Brinchi Gohain, Shivangini’s father was present outside the practice arena, and he alone had to take his injured daughter to the Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh, which is 33 km away from Chabua.
“I was told that she had a very tough time as the arrow remained stuck for more than a day. She is a strong-willed girl and she fought. Her father must be a daily wage labourer and he was distraught also,” Das added.
The Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College, where the mishap took place, falls under the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional Centre of Guwahati. A spokesperson said yesterday that Shivangini was taken to Delhi by air, and SAI will be undertaking the cost of her treatment.