She sleeps like a baby, fights and scratches her mother’s face and suckles on a piece of orange offered by her father. For the Tripathis, the best moment in nearly two months came on Tuesday when their daughter managed to sit on the bed and make gestures with her hands.
The Tripathis’ ‘baby’ is their 29-year-old daughter Rati, who has just come out of coma after suffering severe head injuries when she was shoved out of a running train by a gang of robbers in Madhya Pradesh on November 19 last year.
“It feels like our daughter is just born and we have to teach her so many things. Today, we made her sit and motivate her to say papa and mummy but except watching our faces, she couldn’t say anything,” said a teary-eyed Mithya, Rati’s mother, at the Bansal Hospital here.
Rati, whose family hails from Kanpur, was working with a Delhi-based private company, when the incident took place on the Malwa Express near Bina town, 140 km from Bhopal. Since then she has been confined to the hospital bed, unable to move or speak.
“Our grown up daughter had boarded the train but this accident has changed her into an infant, who is stubborn and expresses her feelings through gestures and not in words,” said Mahendranath, a businessman.
He added that “her each movement, be it the blinking of eyes in affirmation or raising hands to show her pain give us immense happiness.”
The parents, however, added that she was still traumatised by the incident.
“My daughter fought with miscreants and won the battle of her life but the trauma is still in her mind. At that time, she had kept her bag under her head and she woke up when miscreants snatched the bag. The incident is still in her mind so she is not allowing any pillow beneath her head now,” the father said.
A doctor attending to Rati said that her “condition is consistently improving”.
“We are trying to make her talk and sit. Because it is a case of neuro complications, therefore we can’t say when she would recover fully,” the doctor added.
On Sunday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called on the parents at the hospital to inquire about her health.