Mumbai, April 26: Kaushal Silva's head injury was luckily not as serious as it was believed initially, according to Prof. Arjuna P. de Silva, one of the treating experts.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile on late Monday evening, Prof. de Silva said, "luckily it was not a very serious injury. No, the delay in bringing him to Colombo would not have made much of a difference".
"No surgery is required. He is not even on medication but was kept just under observation (at Nawaloka Hospital). He will be discharged very soon. Most probably he will be able to go home on Tuesday itself", the prof. had said. (The player was discharged in the morning, it was learnt later on Tuesday morning).
Sri Lankan Test opener Kaushal Silva suffered a head injury during training at the Pallekele Stadium on Sunday. The player was immediately airlifted by a SLAF Air Ambulance - Bell 412 Helicopter from Bogambara Grounds, Kandy to SLAF Riffle Green Grounds in Colombo.
Sanath Jayasuriya, who is set to be announced as a new chief selector this week, was in Kandy on Saturday (a day prior to the incident) took the initiative and sought permission from Mohan de Silva, the SLC board secretary to airlift the patient.
"Our president was not in the country (Thilanga Sumathipala was in Dubai for the ICC meetings. He has been "cleared" by the ICC to attend the meets) and secretary readily accepted my request to seek Airforce services to bring Kausal to Colombo", Jayasuriya said.
"It was not an issue. I was happy to assist the player", Air Marshall Gagan Bulathsinhala, commenting exclusively over his mobile, said.
A team of other two doctors, comprising Senaka Bandusena and Dr. Harindu Wijesinghe, are also involved in his treatment.
Dr. Seneka Bandusena (Neuro) was scheduled to examine the player on Monday night before the discharge decision.