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Terror finds her a family

india Updated: Dec 18, 2008 00:51 IST
Naziya Alvi
Naziya Alvi
Hindustan Times
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Betty Alphonso (45) — who grew up in an orphanage and lived on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after being abandoned by her drug-addict husband — was admitted to JJ Hospital with a bullet wound in her leg, suffered during the terror attack on November 26.

But when she is discharged from hospital next week, she will have a new home and family waiting.

Alphonso shared her hospital ward with two other victims of 26/11— Sabira Khan (40), a Muslim, and Anamika Gupta (26), a Hindu — and found a home with them both.

“Lucky me, I have two homes now,” said Alphonso. She will live with Khan’s family till Khan is fit enough to return home.

“I’ll take care of her children, who must be missing her,” Alphonso said.

Later, she will move to Gupta’s home.

“We have developed such a close bond that we want to help each other even after we leave hospital,” said Gupta, a resident of Colaba, who received four bullet wounds while at Leopold Café.

Alphonso used to work as a guide for foreigners. Her job earned her enough to afford food, but she could never save enough for a home.

“Only once in my entire life have I had a home and someone to go back to. But it lasted only a couple of months as the man I married turned out to be a drug addict and abandoned me,” said Alphonso.

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