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Family struggling to raise money for victim's treatment

Advanced medical care for Priyanka Rai, 23, the only surviving victim of the three girls who were injured in a car crash at Juhu on March 30, may get delayed because of lack of funds, her family said.

mumbai Updated: Apr 15, 2012 01:35 IST
Prachi Pinglay

Advanced medical care for Priyanka Rai, 23, the only surviving victim of the three girls who were injured in a car crash at Juhu on March 30, may get delayed because of lack of funds, her family said.

Rai has been admitted in the intensive care unit at CritiCare Hospital, Andheri, from March 31. "Priyanka was the main earning member of our family. We have already borrowed money and finished all our savings. Her surgeries are yet to happen," said Markandey Rai, her father, who works in a transport company and earns around Rs14,000 a month.

Rai worked at a travel agency that organises corporate outbound programmes and earned around Rs24,000 a month. The company has contributed around Rs3 lakh for her treatment.

The family lives in Kalyan. Rai's sister, who recently appeared for her Class 12 exams, has taken up a part-time job. Her elder brother works as a steward in a restaurant. The cost of her medical treatment could run up to Rs8 lakh to Rs10 lakh, doctors said.

"Priyanka has serious injuries and she was on ventilator for almost two weeks. She has started responding to her name being called out. But she may need surgeries and will take a long time to get back to normalcy," said Dr Abhay Vispute, who is treating Priyanka.

Priyanka had multiple injuries - fractures to ribs and vertebrae and head injury. She was taken off the ventilator three days ago.

Her mother, a homemaker, finds it hard to sit in the intensive care unit without being worried all the time. "Our extended family is not in Mumbai and we are trying very hard to manage everything. I have not been going to work since the accident happened," she said.

The family said Rai had been saving money every month to buy jewellery for her wedding. "She should have been getting married soon but now I don't know how long it will take to repay the loans. But I want to do everything to ensure that she starts walking again. Doctors said she will be fine but it will take a long time," said her father.