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In a display of remarkable teamwork, the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully airlifted an injured Indian Army soldier whose hand had been severed while operating machinery in a forward area. The prompt action ensured the soldier received critical surgery within a vital window, saving his appendage.

According to reports, the incident occurred earlier this week. With only 6-8 hours for a successful reattachment surgery, the IAF swiftly deployed a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft within an hour to transport the soldier to the specialized Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital in Delhi.

The night-time airlift from the Ladakh sector presented an additional challenge. However, the IAF’s skilled pilots, using Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), navigated the dark skies to ensure the soldier reached medical care swiftly.

Upon arrival in Delhi, a dedicated medical team performed a successful surgery to reattach the severed hand. The soldier is currently recovering and is expected to make a full return to duty.

This incident highlights the remarkable cooperation between the Indian Army and Air Force. The IAF’s swift response and skilled airlift, coupled with the expertise of the medical team, ensured the soldier received the critical care he needed.