Four days after 16-year-old Monica More lost her hands in a train accident, she is raring to get back to her feet.
On Wednesday, when she took her first steps after mishap which turned her life upside down, Monica showed immense will power and determination.
“We made her sit on the bed and later she wanted to stand. Also, she tried to walk in her room near the bed. Momentarily she felt that something was amiss, but she quickly regained composure,” said Ashok More, Monica’s father. For the first time since her accident, Monica showed signs of positivity, said Ashok. “For the past few days, she had lost the will to live. For the first time today, she had no depressing thoughts. She was cheerful while meeting her family and friends,” he added.
Lying in ward number 26, Monica snacked on idlis. However, she was missing her favourite cuisine. “I love having Chinese food. I cannot eat that now as I am on medication. I am keeping myself happy by listening to music and chatting with friends. I wish I could watch television here but there is no TV in my side of the room,” Monica told dna.
Help is pouring in by the day for funding electronically operated prostheses limbs for Monica. Over a hundred people have called and more than 10 foundations including Siddhivinayak and Swami Narayan Trusts, Jamdevi Ambika Centre Trust and Rangurwala Foundation have come forward to pledge funds.
Diva resident Vijay Gadki, 35, and Kolhapur-based Shrishail Parit, 24, who have lost their hands in freak accidents called Monica’s parents to offer moral support. “My hands had to be amputated after suffering a massive shock while doing plumbing work. Accidents happen but life goes on.
We should not let it affect our lives,” Gadki told dna.
Monica’s neigbours in Sangam Co-operative Housing Society at Nehrunagar in Kurla are deeply moved by the tragedy and are also trying to gather funds. “We are going to put up an appeal in 150 buildings in MHADA to donate generously for Monica’s treatment,” said Harish Rajput, 48, Monica’s neighbour.
“The electronic limbs cost up to Rs60 lakh. We have managed to gather Rs1 lakh but are desperately falling short of funds,” said Vishwas Jadhav, Monica’s uncle.
Doctors said Monica was doing fine and her condition was improving. “We are looking at fitting the best prostheses, however, cost is an issue. We are asking people to generously contribute to her cause,” said Dr Pradip Bhosle, head, orthopaedic department at KEM Hospital.
SHE NEEDS YOUR HELP
To contribute towards Monica’s treatment or to help her in anyway, contact her father Ashok More on 09930009003 or 09967604504
Also, money can be contributed to King Edward Memorial Hospital’s poor box charity fund by contacting the dean’s office – 022-24136051