Namdeo Gholap, 38, still feels acute pain in his legs and sometimes even a tingling sensation running up his thigh.
It’s been two months since Gholap’s legs were amputated after he was injured in Opera House blast on July 13. But lying in a bed at Hurkisondas Hospital two months after blasts, Gholap suffers from the phantom limb syndrome where amputees perceive sensation in an amputated limb. The syndrome is relatively common in amputees, especially in the early months and years after limb loss, said doctors. Gholap is among the nine July 13 blasts victims who are still undergoing treatment at two hospitals—Hurkisondas and JJ. On Thursday, Prashant Joshi, who had suffered severe head injuries in the Zaveri Bazaar blast, died at JJ Hospital.
None of the nine victims still in hospital are critical but they are grappling with the anxiety of how to get on with their lives.
A resident of a Khar slum, Gholap worked as a peon in an office at Opera House. “I have been taking care of him for two months” said his wife, Nikita. “Now I lost my job as a housemaid. I do not know how we will take care of him and my three children, all aged below 11,” said Gholap’s wife, Nikita.
She added that the doctors had spoken of giving him prosthetic limbs after his wound healed.
“We are committed to giving complete treatment including rehabilitation to the blast victims. Some of the companies have approached us offering prosthetic limbs to the victims with amputations. We are considering the offers now,” said Dr Atul Adaniya, assistant medical director, Hurkisondas hospital.
Dr Adaniya said that six victims from Opera House blast were still admitted in the hospital. Three of them — Gholap, Pintukumar Yadav, 24, Sahdev Bhuwad, 56 — have undergone amputations. The others —Satish Singh, 36, Dharmedra Jadiya 35, Ramlal Yadav, 57—suffered deep tissue injuries. All of them worked as labourers.
The government has handed over Rs 2 lakh to those injured in the blasts. Patients admitted to JJ Hospital too were labourers from Zaveri Bazaar. Two of them, Mohan Gautam, 22, and Kamal Doley, 28, worked as gold artisans.
Both suffered deep burn injuries and are recovering in the burns ward. “I cannot go back to working with gold. My father is ailing for many years now. I don’t know how I will be able to take care of him,” said Doley, a resident of West Bengal who has been living in Mumbai for about eight years.