Once again, citizens have proved they have a big heart. While the family of 21-year-old train accident victim Rohan Karkada were anxious about being able to afford a prosthetic arm after undergoing an amputation, following mid-day’s report on their financial situation, readers have donated up to Rs 1,80,000 so far.
Rohan Karkada is now busy attending his SYBA classes, and looks forward to getting a new prosthetic arm
The Andheri resident fell in the gap between the platform and train on December 22 at Andheri station. Doctors at Lilavati Hospital, where he was eventually admitted, couldn’t save his arm, which had to be amputated due to infection.
“We received calls from several readers who offered to donate and also meet Rohan. Recently, a man who resides in Dubai flew to the city to meet him. He was generous enough to donate around R1,20,000,” said Ranjan Wilson, Rohan’s father. Other readers too pitched in with varying amounts. The family has spent more than R15 lakh for the treatment.
“Doctors told us that since Rohan’s arm was amputated above his elbow, it would be more challenging for him to be able to operate the prosthesis, as the nerves at the elbow are more sensitive. However, we are in the process of deciding what kind of prosthetic arm to invest in,” added Wilson.
The least expensive prosthetic arm costs nearly Rs 8 lakh it will enable Rohan write, among other complex activities. Meanwhile, the R D National college student is now attending SYBA classes, and says he looks forward to being able to shake hands with his friends with his right hand and driving again.