Three-year-old Samruddhi Nagte, whose left leg had to be amputated after it got crushed in the train derail mishap near Roha on Sunday, may witness a silver lining in the form of a prosthetic limb if the state government, which has been requested for a special corpus fund, agrees.
During chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s visit to the civic-run Sion hospital to meet the injured patients on Sunday night, the hospital had requested for a corpus fund for Samruddhi, who also lost her mother Surekha Nagte(35) in the tragic accident.
According to Dr Suleman Merchant, acting dean at Sion hospital, where Samriddhi’s left leg was amputated on Monday– the girl lost precious six hours in getting transferred from one hospital to another for treatment which ultimately led to a crucial delay in saving her leg. Sion hospital, which has tertiary-care facilities, is over 100 kms away from the site of accident.
While Samruddhi is admitted to Sion hospital along with her 38-year-old father Jairam Nagte, her two sisters are recuperating in Roha’s civil hospital. Jairam, who is recuperating from a leg and head injury at the hospital, is unaware that his youngest daughter has lost her left leg.
Merchant said, “We are giving him post-trauma counselling to bring him to terms with the loss. His relatives have not yet informed him that his daughter’s leg could not be saved. He can’t handle more shocks.”
Samruddhi was rushed to Sion hospital late at 8 pm on Sunday. However, since she had lost the ‘golden hour’, doctors took a call to amputate. Merchant stated that the CM has verbally agreed to help the little girl. “He wanted to extend full support to patients. If a fund is generated, it will be legally managed. Depending on the amount, the prosthesis will be finalised.” Since Samruddhi is in a fast-growing stage, doctors stated that her prosthetic limb might require replacement every year to balance her weight and height. The fund will also help in facilitating purchase of medications for post-surgery.