Hope for woman who lost her leg in train accident

Over a year after she lost a leg in a train accident,Bhavika Mehta may finally be able to seek treatment at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar railway hospital

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:July 30, 2013 1:36 am

Over a year after she lost a leg in a train accident,23-year-old Bhavika Mehta may finally be able to seek treatment at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar railway hospital in Byculla. Bombay High Court Monday asked her to meet the Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital on August 2 for getting a prosthetic limb. “We are concerned with her treatment. Please advice them (hospital authorities) to give proper treatment,” Justices V M Kanade and Shriram told the Centre’s counsel.

High Court has now asked the railway hospital to submit Mehta’s examination report in two weeks.

Mehta,her father Kiran and brother Rahul had moved HC seeking directives to the Centre and railway authorities to treat her at the railway hospital as well as bear the expenses. They contended that the railway authorities have “failed,avoided and neglected” taking steps to aid Mehta’s treatment and that they were compelled to treat Mehta in private hospitals. They had issued notices to the Central and Western railway authorities on June 26,2012 and July 10,2012 to provide medical assistant to Mehta.

The Bhiwandi family was returning to Mumbai from Amritsar on June 5,2012 in Amritsar Express. Mehta’s petition states that at 1.45 am,a thief on the train snatched her purse from under her head while she was asleep. She woke and grabbed one end of the purse and chased the thief. The thief jumped out of the train and dragged her along. She fell on the tracks and suffered severe knee injury. “Her father and brother jumped off the train to save her and sustained fractures,” said Mehta’s lawyer Deval Anja. He,however,said they had both now recovered and sought the court’s intervention in case of Mehta.

Mehta’s petition states that the theft took place near Ambala but there was no personnel from the Railway Protection Force or the Government Railway Police. There was “tremendous loss of blood” in the golden hour after the accident that led to the amputation of Mehta’s leg. She was taken to Amabala Civil Hospital where she received only first aid and was later admitted at PIG Hospital in Chandigarh,45 km away,from where she was discharged on June 7,2012.

Mehta was then brought to Mumbai and admitted at Raj Hospital in Mulund. She stated that no railway official had visited them until then,and they had spent more than Rs 3 lakh by that time. While Rs 7-8 lakh would be required for Mehta’s further treatment,a prosthetic limb would cost between Rs 5-6 lakh,her petition stated.

“Mehta had just graduated and was about to get married. However,the marriage was called off after her accident,” said Anja.

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