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26-yr-old injured in July 13 blasts goes home

mumbai Updated: Sep 09, 2011 01:26 IST
Menaka Rao
Menaka Rao
Hindustan Times
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As Varsha Karia, 26, excitedly packed her bag to leave KEM Hospital on Thursday morning, after two months, a doctor told her about Wednesday's bomb blast outside the Delhi high court.

Karia felt a tinge of pain but shrugged off the feeling. She is trying to forget the bomb blast near Dadar railway station on July 13 that shattered her left arm.

She remembers walking past the Dadar bus stop after work, when the bomb placed atop it went off. "I remember waking up in the hospital. I was not scared. When I saw my mangled arm, I told the doctor to cut it if required. They decided not to," said Karia.

"I am very happy we could save her hand," said Dr Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM Hospital. Karia underwent two surgeries – one to place a rod to stabilise the broken bone, and a plastic surgery to graft skin on to the wounds on her limbs.

Karia can now flex her fingers but the arm is still in a cast. She will need another surgery and physiotherapy to regain full function, before rejoining work as an accountant at a pharmaceutical company at Marine Lines.

Dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, Karia enters a taxi with her sisters, Neha and Jigna, and her father, Thakersay, who works in a tobacco company. "Varsha makes everyone laugh. She used to joke even with the doctors. We are very happy," said Jigna, lugging Varsha's bags into the taxi. "I want to go home first. And then go for a movie," Karia said.

But her family had other plans. The taxi was to first stop at the Siddhivinayak temple to seek Lord Ganesh's blessings.