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Accident victim was learning to get used to Mumbai’s lifeline

Doctor says if Monika More had received medical aid within two hours of the accident, amputation could have been avoided

Written by PRIYAL DAVE | Mumbai |
January 14, 2014 2:01:26 am

MumbaiMonika More, a Class XI student of SNDT, Ghatkopar, is surrounded by family members, neighbours, friends and teachers as she puts up a brave face after losing both her hands in a railway accident. After a four-hour amputation procedure, More’s condition was described as stable by the family doctor ,Dr Jayashree Kavalekar.

Fighting tears, Dr Kavalekar said, “The night before the accident, she had come to my clinic to get her father’s medicines. I am still unable to believe that the little girl I once knew has lost both her hands. If only she had got proper medical assistance within two hours of the accident, the amputation could have been avoided.”

It was two college students who eventually took More to Rajawadi Hospital in an autorickshaw. While the victim was given first-aid, the lack of a plastic surgeon at the hospital forced the Mores to shift their daughter to KEM around 4.30pm. “It was too late by then. Although her severed hands were brought along, nothing could be done. I hope the Railways, which could not give her timely aid, ensure that she gets a job to secure her future,” said Dr Kavalekar.

“The start of junior college has changed her so much. A shy girl initially, Monika has opened up so much and that night I had told her about the visible change,” recalls Dr Kavalekar.
“My aunt would escort Monika to college since she was not used to commuting by trains,” said Snehal Shirke, Monika’s cousin. “Despite the accident, my sister is putting up a brave face and telling others not to be strong,” she added.

Breaking down intermittently, Monika’s father Ashok, who works in a private transport company in Kurla, said, “I just want my daughter to recover.”
With two sons and a daughter, Ashok is the only earning member in the family. “I don’t even have a permanent job,” said the worried father.

“Not a single railway official has come to meet us or offered to help us,” said Ashok.
Meanwhile, Monika’s friends and teachers came in groups to cheer her up. Her commerce teacher, Lata Shivraman, said, “Monika will get all the assistance required from us in giving her exams and in her studies, too. We have assured her that she will not face any difficulties in college. I hope the railways wakes up to this tragedy and takes action.”

priyal.dave@expressindia.com

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