Priyanka Rai, 23, the only surviving victim among the three girls injured in a car crash at Juhu on March 30, underwent the first surgery on Monday to correct the fractures in her legs and hands, doctors said.
"The surgery was successful and she is responding well. She needs another spine surgery. She is off the ventilator and will improve slowly," said Dr Abhay Vispute, who is treating her.
Rai has been admitted in the intensive care unit at CritiCare Hospital, Andheri, from March 31. Priyanka had multiple injuries - fractures to the ribs and vertebrae and a head injury. She was taken off the ventilator four days ago.
Following the report in Hindustan Times about Rai's family not being able to afford her treatment, several donors have contacted the family. "Some people have taken our bank details and contact details of doctors. They have offered to help. I hope we are able to complete her treatment," said Markandeya Rai, Priyanka's father. "It could take a long time and it is difficult for us. But we are trying to get her out of this." Doctors said they would soon take a call on her spinal surgery.
On Sunday, Charu Khandal, who was grievously injured in a separate drink-driving accident on March 24, was taken off the ventilator for 12 hours on Sunday. "She is progressing. There is no sensation below the neck region but our aim is to get her off the ventilator completely. So we did that for 12 hours on Sunday and that is a definite progress," said Dr Ram Narain, chief operating officer of Kokilaben hospital, Andheri.
The 28-year-old animator suffered multiple fractures to her leg and spine besides grave injuries on her head after the black Honda City crashed into the auto rickshaw in which Charu was travelling with her sister and friend.