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Mumbai chopper crash: Woman may lose hands

Vrinda Modi, 34, who was injured in the helicopter crash on Sunday, may lose her hands because of the severe burn injuries they sustained, doctors from the National Burn Center (NBC) said.

mumbai Updated: Dec 16, 2016 01:10 IST
Sadaguru Pandit
Vrinda was sitting behind the co-pilot when the Aman Aviation helicopter crashed in Filterpada of Aarey Colony.
Vrinda was sitting behind the co-pilot when the Aman Aviation helicopter crashed in Filterpada of Aarey Colony. (HT File Phoo)

Vrinda Modi, 34, who was injured in the helicopter crash on Sunday, may lose her hands because of the severe burn injuries they sustained, doctors from the National Burn Center (NBC) said, while taking to HT.

Vrinda underwent a six-hour surgery, after which the doctors said that the chances of recovery looked good.

Vrinda was sitting behind the co-pilot when the Aman Aviation helicopter crashed in Filterpada of Aarey Colony. She sustained 50% burn injuries in the blast after the crash. Doctors from NBC, after assessing her condition, said that parts of her upper body, like the neck, chest and face, had suffered 50% burn injuries.

“The moment she was shifted to our hospital, we immediately assessed that a surgery was a must to avoid infections and septicemia. In such cases, a septic condition can cost lives. The surgery lasted six hours and we removed the dead skin, replaced it with her own and some from our skin bank,” said Dr Sunil Keswani from the hospital.

He added that they might not be able to salvage her upper limbs because of the gravity of the burns but they are very confident that she will survive the tragedy. “They brought her here at the right time, just that the hands are deeply wounded. Secondly, her body has shown no sign of septic, which is good news because in case that happened, it would become a challenge for both the patient and doctors,” added Dr Keswani.

Vrinda’s husband Ritesh, who was accompanying her on the helicopter ride, passed away during treatment at Seven Hills hospital on Wednesday. Her relatives still haven’t told her about his death. Doctors from the NBC said that she was under tremendous mental stress and was showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder.

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