Mahdia tragedy: 12-y-o undergoes successful surgery at Georgetown hospital, other girls receiving critical care


The 12-year-old girl who needed a limb-saving surgery after she was injured in the devastating fire at the Mahdia Secondary School female dormitory on Sunday night underwent a successful surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Monday.

Based on information provided to the News Room, the girl needed surgery on her left leg because of the extent of her burns.

Earlier at a press briefing on Monday, the hospital’s Medical Officer in the Burn Unit, Dr. Vickita, Nandan said such a procedure is necessary for serious burns.

That surgery went successfully but the girl remains under close observation as a burns patient.

She was one of six girls airlifted to the city after suffering serious burns in the fire.

Three other girls are receiving treatment in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU while another two are in the paediatric High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Of those hospitalised, three are aged 14; one is 12, and another is 13. The age of the last child is unknown.

Authorities have confirmed that 18 girls and one boy died in the fire. The girls were students while the boy,5, was the son of the caretakers of the dormitory.

Two senior doctors of the Georgetown hospital were flown into the mining town to assess the patients and determine who needs critical care and should be flown to the city.

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