Arunima recovering, mother thanks AIIMS

April 21st, 2011 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Mother of national-level volleyball player Arunima Sinha, whose leg had to be amputated after she was pushed out of a running train, Thursday thanked the doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for her daughter’s improving condition.

“Her condition has improved very much since she was brought from Lucknow. Doctors and the support staff are very helpful and have taken good care of my daughter,” Gyanbala Sinha said.

According to doctors, Arunima’s condition has improved satisfactorily. She is eating properly and getting good sleep.

“There is minimal infection in the amputated leg and she has not got any fever in the last two days,” said Vijay Sharma, who is leading a team of four doctors to look after Arunima.

Doctors said that psychological counselling is also helping Arunima.

“Two more operations will be done on her. One on the amputated leg, and the other to fix the broken bones of her second leg,” said Sharma.

Arunima was pushed out of the general compartment of the Padmawati Express near Bareilly April 11 while resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some hoodlums as she was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi.

She was brought to the AIIMS Trauma Centre Monday night after a serious infection was noticed in the amputated leg for which she underwent a second round of surgery at Lucknow’s prestigious King George Medical College — now upgraded to the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University.

Arunima has repeatedly expressed her desire to be able to play again.

Doctors said the process to provide Arunima with sports prosthetic to enable her to play will begin once her amputated leg has shrunk completely.

“Right now, we are getting voluntary offers from many organisations who are willing to provide sports prosthetic to Arunima,” AIIMS Trauma Centre head M.C. Misra said.

“She can play again within six months time with the help of sports prosthetic. We will try and help her stand on her feet but all will depend on her will power,” he added.

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