Lying in the intensive care unit of the Fortis Hospital, Mulund, without a limb, Chandrabai Hadkamal, 35, was anxious for her 10-year-old son’s future on Tuesday.
Hadkamal lost her right arm while travelling in Udyan Express on Monday morning when the protective steel seat of the pantograph of a CST-bound fast train slid and fell on the train.
Hadkamal, along with other two injured victims, including Sharayu Kumbhar, 4 were first taken to Thane Civil Hospital, from where they were moved to Fortis Hospital. At Fortis, they were operated for limb injuries. Kumbhar lost his left hand in the accident.
“Chandrabai is worried about her only son. She is a widow and the sole earning member of her family,” said Hadkamal’s friend Kamala Sonawane, who was with her at the time of accident.
Hadkamal, a small time vegetable vendor from Jalgaon used to travel frequently to Mumbai to sell vegetables. “We were going back to our village after selling vegetables in Dadar market on Monday. While we were sitting on the compartment’s doorstep, I heard a loud noise. The next moment I saw my friend writhing in pain crying out ‘my hand..my hand,” said Sonawane.
On Tuesday, Hadkamal’s elderly mother and 10-year-old son arrived from Dahigaon village in Jalgaon. “My daughter was our only hope. How will we live now,” said 72-year-old Vasabai, Hadkamal’s mother.
Malad resident Kumbhar, who was travelling with his parents to their hometown in Karnataka, lost his left hand above the wrist bone in the accident. He was sitting near the window with his left hand resting on the window.
“Suddenly there was a loud noise and I heard my son’s screaming. To pacify him, I took him in my arms. A few seconds later, my clothes were drenched in blood. That’s when I realised that a part of his hand was missing,” said Kumbhar’s father Devappa, who works as construction worker.
Both the families blamed the Central Railway for the mishap and want the authorities to help them. “This accident has happened due to negligence. My son lost a part of his hand and I want the Railways to give me a guarantee of a secured job for him when he grows up,” said Devappa.
While the accident happened at around 8.45am, the injured reached Fortis Hospital at around 12.30pm. The relatives brought along the cut limbs of the victims. “The patients were shifted to the hospital in a hope to salvage their limbs; however, there were too many crush injuries and reconstruction was not possible. Such wounds require immediate treatment,” said Dr S Narayani, medical director, Fortis Hospital, adding, “We did the cleaning and performed debridement surgeries. They are stable and under observation.
Vidyadhar Malegaonkar, Central Railway’s Chief PRO, declined to comment on any job provision for the victims, and said, “Central Railway will extend maximum help to two victims.”