Twenty three-year-old Shahnara, a mother of three, came to the city from West Bengal in the hope of making a living through her cooking expertise but she now lives in the fear of losing a leg after being crushed by a bus of a private university.
Shahnara is worried about what would happen to her children - two sons of eight and six years living in Gurgaon and a daughter studying in Kolkata -- if her leg is amputated.
The family lives in shanties in Sector 53. They shifted to Gurgaon from West Bengal for a better livelihood a month ago.
However, Shahnara is motivated by the fact that several people have offered to help the family after a person who helped her on the night of the incident posted her story on social networking site Facebook.
On December 8 night, Shahnara was crossing the road dividing sectors 53-56 when a bus, reportedly of KR Manglam University, came out of a fuel station and hit her . With her leg stuck under a tyre of the bus, she fell unconscious.
The bus driver fled the spot but after passersby raised an alarm, people living in nearby apartments rushed to the spot and managed to pull her out.
They rushed Shahnara to a nearby private hospital where she was given first aid. Her husband, Amjad -- a car cleaner -- reached the hospital and expressed helplessness in meeting medical expenses. The hospital reportedly waived off emergency charges.
She was taken to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi on the same day. On Monday, she was discharged from there and admitted to civil hospital, Gurgaon.
“Had we not taken her to a hospital on time, her leg might have been amputated. We rushed her to nearby private hospital in an autorickshaw. The family was unable to meet medical expenses,” Souniya Khurana, 27, who helped Shahnara with first aid, said.
Khurana shared the incident on Facebook and the post received several offers of help. By Monday evening, 14 people contributed ₹11,000 as monetary assistance to the family.
“She is admitted at the civil hospital in Gurgaon. A medicolegal report was issued and her statement was recorded by police. Hope she recovers soon,” Hemant Kapani, co-founder patron of road safety organisation, who took her to civil hospital, said.
Doctors at civil hospital said she will be taken for further tests, including a CT scan, on Tuesday.
An FIR has been registered at the Sushant Lok police station.
Mukesh Parashar, registrar of KR Manglam University, said, the institute was ready to assist the Shahnara “as per procedure”. Parashar said the university was ready to pay through insurance or other liabilities as per the law.