German Bakery blast survivor needs Rs 25 L for more surgeries

Aug 17, 2012, 07:47 IST | Vivek Sabnis

Amrapali Chavan wants government to foot her entire medical bill and declare pension for blast survivors, says she needs funds to undergo multiple plastic surgeries

Amrapali Chavan, a German Bakery bomb blast survivor, is facing paucity of funds for her ongoing treatment. At present, Chavan needs Rs 25 lakh to continue her medical treatment. “I am not begging, it is my right,” said Chavan.

Apart from Rs 1.5 lakh she received from the chief minister’s fund, so far Chavan has spent Rs 10 lakh from her pocket to treat multiple fractures and injuries she had sustained during the blast.

It’s my right: Amrapali Chavan Pic/Krunal Gosavi

Aid from civic body
Now, with the help of corporators Rekha Tingre and her husband Chandrakant, Chavan will get Rs 2.50 lakh from the Standing Committee. The amount was approved on Tuesday. The civic body is also felicitating Chavan for her never-say-die attitude she maintained despite undergoing physical and mental trauma after the blast.

Rekha Tingre said she was in talks with the Municipal Chief Health Officer Dr R T Pardeshi and there was a possibility that Chavan might get her plastic surgeries done for free at the PMC-run Kamla Nehru Hospital.

“We can provide her the expensive medicines from our hospital as a gesture of medical help,” Dr Pardeshi said. Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Janardan Panse of Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, who had operated on Chavan, said her condition was pathetic at the time of admission.

“We are happy that she has overcome all the odds, especially her left leg which was in a bad state. Post-injury trauma may be there as her wounds were grave. Special medicines are required for such treatments and they are expensive. Person like her definitely needs financial aid,” Dr Panse said.

Survivor’s tale
Chavan is one of the 51 survivors of the German Bakery blast, which occurred on February 13, 2010 in Koregaon Park. Chavan was at the bakery with her friends for a cup of coffee. She had sustained multiple injuries and fractures and was rushed to Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital. One of the bones bone in her left leg had to be replaced with a rod.

Chavan also sustained burn injuries, 54 per cent on body and seven per cent on face. Chavan had undergone several surgeries. “My body still contains pieces of shrapnel. Recently, the doctor also removed a piece of marble stone from my body,” Chavan said. Chavan said she needed more money to undergo plastic surgeries.

“In addition, medicines and lotions are expensive. I still can’t walk properly and sit normally. I find it hard to listen using my right ear. I want to live a normal life and the government should give me money.

Not because they pity me, but it’s my right. The government should also give me pension and to all those injured who survived the blast,” Chavan said. “I believe the government should spent money on purchasing CCTV cameras instead of providing protection to Kasab, an accused in 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack,” Chavan said.

Chavan, who completed her nursing course, and is now appearing for BA externally, said she survived only because of care taken by her mother Sulochana, father Janardan and elder sister Jyoti More.

She thanked Tingre, her husband and others. “Rekha Tingre, her husband Chandrakant and other corporators managed an ambulance, which would take me to the hospital for regular check-ups, and also raised funds. A person named Lambe from Kothrud gave money for my treatment,” Chavan said. “People like Vikas Gaurav, who survived the blast, should also get help. He lost his hearing in the blast.”

District Collector Vikas Deshmukh said all the injured were compensated as per the package declared by the central and the state government. “The bomb blast was a special case. Financial aid to the victims has already been given. We can’t provide more help at this moment, or any kind of pension scheme for them.”

Resident Deputy Collector Anil Pawar said that approximately Rs 10 lakh was spent on each of the injured. “We can’t provide financial aid to individuals any more,” Pawar said. 

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