A year after the Brussels terrorist attack, Nidhi Chaphekar — who became the face of terror — underwent a surgery at Breach Candy Hospital on Friday. The Jet Airways hostess was operated by a plastic surgeon to remove the shrapnel that were lodged in her body since the attack.
“We removed three shrapnel that were embedded in her legs. Earlier it wasn’t bothering her so we didn’t remove it. Of late, it was giving her pain and she was not able to walk. Since it was getting on the way of her recovery, we decided to remove them via surgery,” said Dr Anil Tibrewala, consultant plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Breach Candy Hospital.
Nidhi Chaphekar was injured in 2016’s Brussels airport terror attack that left 31 dead and as many as 270 wounded.
In the attack, the 41-year-old air hostess had suffered 20% burns, multiple fractures, crushed bones, ruptured eardrums. She later underwent a minor surgery to repair the hole in the eardrum.
Chaphekar was scheduled to undergo an ankle surgery. After Friday’s surgery, doctors said she will not require any other surgery related to the injuries she suffered in the blast.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Chaphekar said, “After this surgery, all the unnecessary parts, that were hurting, are removed from my body. I was to undergo ankle surgery as well, but now doctors have said that my ankle bones are growing automatically. So, we are monitoring it and the surgery hasn’t been scheduled.”
Chaphekar said that she is eagerly waiting to resume work. “After working for 20 years, it’s hard not to be working. Once doctors say that I am fit to join the duty, higher authorities will need to issue the certificate of fit to fly as a cabin crew. I don’t want any allegation later on so, I will wait till all the formal procedures are completed. After all, safety comes first.”
Speaking about the Brussels attack and her experience, Chaphekar said that in life, any problem can be tackled with positivity attitude and will power. “I saw many ups and downs in the last year. I didn’t give up hope throughout this period and maintained a positive approach,” she said.