Road accidents can be quite difficult to cope with. It can sometimes, leave you crippled for a lifetime. One such road accident, almost took away the peace of Vandana Suryawanshi’s life. However, she fought it with full vigour and has come out of the jaws of death successfully.
Surwanshi, (38) is a victim of bus accident that took place in Beed this year. Post the incident, she could not sit, stand and walk. In spite of this, she put up a brave fight with positive attitude to the condition and is back on her feet after a complex spine surgery.
In June this year, nine people died at a bus accident in Beed district, Maharashtra. Suryawanshi was one of the survivors. But, the accident had taken her ability to walk and sit. Post-accident she was referred to Sancheti hospital in Pune in comatose state.
She was suffering from cervical spine injury and thoracic spine injury, when she was admitted. Post the operation, she was discharged last month and has started an independent life again.
“When I came in regained consciousness, I realised that I had no control over my body. The accident had left me handicapped. I was not able to move even my hand. I was completely bedridden. I used to look at my three-year-old daughter and cry over my fate,” said Suryawanshi.
“When doctor told me about the surgery and assured that I could be independent again, I started mustering courage. Post the surgery, I followed everything that was advised by the doctor. I motivated myself to go for physiotherapy everyday with the only goal of recovering one day. Now, I have started walking with the help of a walker,” she said.
Dr Shailesh Hadgaonkar, Spine surgeon at Sancheti hospital, Pune, who operated on her said, “Suryawanshi was emotionally traumatised too. We counselled the patient and her relatives. The surgery was tough because this was a cervical and thoracic spine injury which we had to operate on, simultaneously. It was a challenge. Planning in such surgeries is important.”
He added, “In such cases, recovery of a patient depends on the individual. Before taking the case we had discussed with the relatives explaining to them that with the help of the surgery, she will be able to move with a wheelchair. Later, she can move with walker. Apart from the surgery, the physiologist’s part is also important in such severe trauma cases.”