Mukesh Arora, 32, was rushed to New Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital after he was severely injured in the Delhi High Court blast last year. It has been a full year since then but he is still undergoing treatment and is yet to be discharged from the hospital.
The ordeal for the freelance photographer began soon after the blast. He had lost consciousness because of his injuries and when he regained consciousness, he received the news that would change his life forever — he had lost use of his right leg.
A year and several surgeries later, the infection in his leg has not yet healed. Though the doctors managed to reconstruct the damaged bone using an implant and also provided him with an artificial limb, he is not able to stand properly as the length of his damaged leg is about four inches shorter.
"I was the breadwinner of my family and my mother is a heart patient. My colleague stays with me in the hospital and I pay him from the compensation amount that I received. The government had also promised me a job. I hope I get it once I am discharged from the hospital,"
Before becoming to the terror attack, Arora had also covered several blasts with Delhi Police as a freelance photographer. He said he had never imagined that he would himself become a victim of one such blast.
The last hope
Sangeeta Ashok, whose husband died in the blast, is still running from pillar to post to get her husband's provident fund released from the school where he worked.
Her husband Ashok Kumar Sharma had gone to the court for a case that he was fighting against his employer who had terminated his services in 2007.
"I have to educate my three children," she said.