Mumbai student with amputated arm successfully passes FYBA exams

May 03, 2014, 08:26 IST | Anuradha Varanasi

Despite losing his right arm in a train accident four months ago, Rohan Karkada appeared for his First Year BA exams and passed in every subject, except Psychology

Four months after FYBA student Rohan Karkada lost his right arm in a train accident, he finally has a reason to smile.
Not only did the 21-year-old youth appear for his exams in the first week of April after he was discharged from the ICU, on Friday he found out that he scored 45 per cent in the written test.

Against ALL odds: Despite the ordeal, Rohan Karkada decided to appear for his exams as he did not want to waste a year. (Right) mid-day report mentions Rohan’s fall from a crowded train, and how he grittily wrote his tests later.

The Andheri resident appeared for his BA exams with the help of a writer, while he was still recuperating from the mishap. While Rohan secured 45 per cent in his written papers, the internal scores are yet to come.

Mid-day report mentions Rohan’s fall from a crowded train, and how he grittily wrote his tests later ( Click here or on the image above to read the full story).

Rohan’s parents say they are extremely proud of him that he managed to pass in every subject, except Psychology. “We are so happy to see that Rohan performed well in his exams, despite the circumstances. Unfortunately, he missed clearing the psychology paper by just two marks and will reappear for it,” said Rajan Wilson, Rohan’s father.

“Thanks to his friends, Rohan was able to prepare for his exams, despite the agony,” added his father.

The family is currently arranging funds for his prosthetic arm but is anxious, as their hospital bills have already crossed R16 lakh.

Monica More gets prosthetic arms
Monica More, who lost both her arms after a train mishap in Ghatkopar station, continues to undergo physiotherapy sessions in KEM Hospital to prepare herself for the prosthetic arms that will enable her to write and type. “One of her shoulders is still not strong enough to lift items, and the doctors are working on building her strength,” said Ganesh Hegde, her relative.

Dr Pradeep Bhosale, head of the orthopaedic department, said that the cost of the prosthetics was brought down to Rs 30 lakh by the German company that manufactures it. Doctors are hoping that she will be strong enough by the end of next month, for them to fix the prosthetics, making her the first patient in India to use them.

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