New Delhi. August 31, 2012.
Sonali Mukherjee, a former NCC cadet and the victim of the brutal acid attack, finally has something to look forward to. The 26 year old has been offered financial respite and is all set for advanced cosmetic surgery to repair her eyesight and corrective surgery for her burnt upper body. In 2003, the then 18 year old had suffered 70% burn injuries when acid was thrown at her face and upper body after she had complained about some local eve teasers in her neighborhood. Earlier, out of dejection, Sonali had pleaded for euthanasia to the Indian Government since her family could not manage the expenses for the corrective surgery.
On Thursday, a couple from Dubai donated Rs 1.5 lakh for a treatment which would cost her close to Rs 25 lakh. Sonali has also received monetary aid from many famous personalities across the country. Dr Sanjeev Bagai, CEO, Radiant Life Care, informed that this is a highly complicated series of surgery. “As donor tissues from both her thighs and arms have been consumed, we are using tissue expansion; and stem cell and fat transfer technology to treat her,” said Dr Bagai.
“She has been through 21-22 surgeries in the past nine years when she was attacked. But the skin grafting has started to go away. We have planned to use new technology and methods for sustained treatment,” said Dr A S Bath, the head of department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the hospital.
The first sitting of surgery of the seven planned surgeries was recently conducted at BLK Super Specialty Hospital where her treatment will continue for a year-and-a-half.