Youngest survivor of crash gets ready to rebuild life

Krishna,who suffered a minor head injury,is however,unaware that her parents have passed away in the tragic crash that killed 11.

Written by Aditi Raja | Vadodara | Published:September 29, 2013 4:01 am

Month after 12-year-old Krishna Padhiyar was miraculously pulled out of the debris of the two collapsed buildings in Atladara’s Madhavnagar society,she is awaiting a new phase in her life: An admission into an English medium school near her aunt’s residence,where she has been staying ever since she was orphaned on August 28.

Krishna,who suffered a minor head injury,is however,unaware that her parents have passed away in the tragic crash that killed 11.

These days,Krishna,who was taken in by her paternal aunt Kailashben Makwana and her three daughters Jyoti,Aruna and Maya,is reading English language books in order to acquaint herself with the alphabets of a language that she has never studied before. Krishna admits her excitement to go to an English medium school. “I want to read the basics of the language before I go there. I am very happy to study in a new school.”

Krishna,whose education is being fostered by the trustees of Govardhan Nathji Haveli,hopes she will be able to perform well as she has been doing in Atladara’s municipal school. Kailashben says,“Even a few days after she was brought home from the hospital,she searched for her school dress and stitched some rough patches to get ready for school. We had to convince her that she has to stay home until she completely recovered.”

Krishna,who celebrated her 13th birthday on September 12,has received government compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the death of her parents. The amount has been transferred to a fixed deposit in her name until she reaches 20 years of age. She was pulled out from under the debris of the stairway by fire officials. She was trapped under it for almost seven hours.

The girl,the youngest among the three survivors,received 12 stitches on her head and recuperated at the BAPS Shastri Maharaj hospital in Atladara. Krishna wants to become a teacher. “I want to grow up and help more children study,” she says.

Even as Krishna is moving ahead in life,she is unaware that her father Naresh Padiyar and step-mother Sitaben are no more. Kailashben says,“She often asks about them. We tell her they are in a hospital. Since she has been through a trauma,we are only revealing information bit by bit so that she can deal with the magnanimity of the loss.”

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