February 18, 2014 3:05:30 am
Sixteen-year-old Monika More, who lost her arms under a speeding train at Ghatkopar station on January 11, underwent a plastic surgery at KEM hospital last week. According to Monika’s cousin, Ganesh Gheghade, the sking graft on February 10 was successful and she is recovering well.
“She underwent a skin graft which was needed to cover the stump on both her arms. Her thigh skin was used for it. We will now wait for a month to observe her recovery,” said Dr Shubhangi Parkar, acting dean of KEM hospital, Parel.
The doctor said Monika is being counselled regularly to deal with post-accident trauma. “She has dealt with her accident quite well. I feel she is very brave to put up a smiling face whenever I go to meet her,” Parkar said.
However, Parkar added that the plan of prosthetic limbs is still distant. “The procedure of prosthetic limb is very complicated and her medical parameters have to be normal for that.”
Meanwhile, Monika’s family has received over Rs 24 lakh as donations. According to the hospital, the cost of prosthetic limbs will vary between Rs 25 and Rs 30 lakh.
Her mother, Kavita Ashok More said, “College students, NGOs and individuals have come to offer help for her treatment. Rs 50 lakh has been assured them, out of which we have already received Rs 24 lakh.” She added that even after her surgery for prosthetic limbs, money will be required for medication.
Monika, who has spent more than a month in the hospital now, is however not dispirited. She said, “Earlier I was restricted to my bed. Now I roam about in the ward and talk to other patients. When no one is visiting me, I read novels,”she said. The small cabin allotted to her in the hospital’s general ward is adorned with bouquets and handwritten messages from friends.
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