‘Had I worn a helmet, injury would have been less severe’
City-based international table tennis player Shubhankar Renavnikar was on his motorcycle going from Karve Road to Sahakar Nagar when he was hit by a speeding two-wheeler on July 31, 2016.pune Updated: Jul 13, 2017 13:15 IST
First Person Account city paddler Shubhankar Renavikar, who suffered a life threatening injury
City-based international table tennis player Shubhankar Renavnikar was on his motorcycle going from Karve Road to Sahakar Nagar when he was hit by a speeding two-wheeler on July 31, 2016.He suffered a skull fracture and partial facial paralysis along with a broken left shoulder. The 22-year-old was unconscious for five days and took several months to recover. He deeply regrets not wearing a helmet.
Normally I wear a helmet while biking, but unfortunately that day I forgot to wear it. Had I worn a helmet, it would have reduced the seriousness of the injury.
I was not sure whether I would be able to hold the racquet again. The main concern was the head injury, as I had internal bleeding and it was a critical situation. Even the facial paralysis was a reason to worry. I was told not to drive a bike for several months, as I might feel dizziness. So, playing a hyperactive game like table tennis was literally a distant possibility.
I was required to take four months bed rest. I don’t remember the accident at all. All I remember is that I was taking a turn on my bike while returning from Sharada Centre. Then I woke up five days later and was told that it was quite a nasty blow. Fortunately I fell on my left side, so was able to play with my right hand. Otherwise, the injuries would have been far more serious and much more time would have been required for my recovery.