Despite losing a leg in the tragic train derail mishap that injured over 120 passengers on Sunday, three-year-old Samruddhi Nagte and her kin have some reason to cheer after a Byculla-based private school offered to provide free education to the girl from junior kindergarten till class XII.
“We came to know about the offer from the hospital administration. It is really touching that people are offering all sorts of help for her. But we still haven’t informed her father about her amputation. We will do that once he is fit to be discharged,” said Harishchandra Chalke, Samruddhi’s uncle.
Christ Church school principal Carl Laurie approached the hospital after he heard that the administration was trying to procure funds for Samruddhi’s education and future prosthetic limbs. “We can provide her free education till class XII. The school will also provide all facilities necessary for a girl like her. The only problem is that she does not live in the city,” he said. Samruddhi’s native village is in Musal taluka.
She underwent an amputation on Monday after doctors realised that her leg was crushed. She is now expected to undergo another surgery next week for the closure of her stump which was cut open during amputation.
Dr Avinash Supe, dean of Sion hospital, said, “The initial prosthesis will be funded by the hospital. However she might require a replacement four times or more. For that we need financial support.”
According to Dr Suleman Merchant, head of radiology department at Sion hospital, on Thursday the hospital received calls from people residing in the United States, United Kingdom, few gulf countries and Delhi for donating funds to the girl. “A sub-account has been opened in the hospital’s ‘poor box fund’ for people willing to donate,” said Merchant.
The girl has become the focal point in the ward where security guard, nurses and resident doctors keep pausing to check her condition. Despite her aunt or grandmother’s invariable presence by her side, Samruddhi periodically keeps crying for her mother, said her aunt Meenal Kavilkar. She has not seen her immediate family since the last four days.
The accident killed her mother Surekha Nagte (35) and inflicted injuries on her father Jairam Nagte’s (38) head, hand and chest. While her elder sister Janvi Nagte (4) is recuperating in MGM hospital after undergoing a head surgery, her younger sister Manasvi is under the care of her maternal family in Musal. P K Shashank, MGM hospital’s administrator, “Janvi is stable and was shifted to the general ward of the hospital on Wednesday. In a few days, she will be discharged.”