14 Surgeries, But Mira Road Woman Isn’t Complaining
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24 June 2010
Vandana Kanaujiya, who was severely injured in an accident last year, can now hope to lead a normal life
Last year on May 11 Vandana Kanaujiya was on her way to her Mira Road home along with her husband Vinod. The couple, married for almost 10 years, was on a bike on the highway near Borivali, when they were hit by a speeding truck.
While Vinod was thrown to the side of the road, Vanadana fell on the highway and lost unconsciousness. A lorry driver, who was unable to stop in time, crushed her under the wheels, changing her life completely.
This mother–of–two was left bedridden for nearly a year and was comatose for two months. Most of her internal organs were damaged in the accident. Her pelvic bone was fractured with multiple injuries to her urethra, intestine and perineum.
After sustained treatment through the year, the 30–year–old has finally something to smile about.
"It was painful to see her condition. She was so fed up that she even thought of ending her life. Fortunately, I was always there for her," said Vinod, who suffered only minor scratches in the accident.
Vinod, who owns a laundry, can’t stop thanking the doctors at Sion’s Lokmanya Tilak Hospital who gave his wife a new lease of life by performing reconstructive surgery.
The associate professor of urology at the hospital, Dr Ajit Sawant, said that because of the damaged organs Vandana was unable to control her bladder and bowel movements. "Besides causing physical discomfort, this caused her mental trauma as well."
"First, we decided to perform the bowel pull–through surgery, so that she could at least control her bowel movements. That operation was completed in November 2009. In March we covered her exposed bones. Her bladder was covered with the vaginal tissue.
On June 7, we performed the last surgery, reconstructing her urethra from vaginal flaps. The bladder, too, was placed back into the abdomen."
It took 14 surgeries and nearly Rs 4 lakh but Vandana – who spent most of the last year in hospitals – is getting ready to get back on her feet and head home.
Vandana said, "I missed my children. I cannot express my happiness. I am waiting to go home and want to spend time with them." The bike the two were on that day has now been abandoned and Vinod takes a bus to work.