Kurla resident Monica More has unknowingly become the face of the tragedy, which has yet again exposed the danger of the killer gap between platforms and coaches. She has been seeing a stream of visitors at her ward in KEM Hospital for the last six days. As her parents, who constantly by her side, attend to her smallest of needs, those visiting the teenager are offering support. The hospital staff, too, has been taking good care of the college student to ensure that the infection does not spread.
Ashok More, Monica’s father said, “So far around Rs 7 lakh rupees have been deposited in the account so that doctors can fit the best artificial limb for her. We are getting unknown visitors who read about her in newspapers and came here only to support her.”
Despite being in pain, Monica is welcoming the well-wishers with a smile. Former MP and BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has been in constant touch with the family. He said on Thursday, “We met home minister RR Patil this morning. He not only has agreed to direct the police to file a complaint against the railways, but also give special grants from CM’s relief fund.”
Meanwhile representatives of a Germany firm that specialises in hi-tech prosthetics visited Monica. “They showed us the video of many people like Monica who got artificial limbs and are leading a normal life. Both the limbs will cost us Rs 15 lakh,” said Ashok.
Railway doctors also visited her for the first time after the accident to gauge her condition.