Amala Nagar (Thrissur): More than a month after a tree came crashing down on them, two college girls are fighting back to piece together their lives. Sudhila (18) and Layana (19) are limping back to normal lives after a series of surgeries and physiotherapy sessions at the Amala Medical College in Thrissur.
Sudhila and Layana were among a group of girls who were trapped under a huge tree uprooted in the strong wind during an arts festival in the Sree Krishna College at Guruvayur on February 18. Another student, Anusha Ashokan (18), died the same day.
Sudhila and Layana will leave the hospital but it may take a while before the girls can lead normal lives. Recuperating after surgeries in the spine and legs, Sudhila is still wheel chair-bound. Her legs have been paralysed. The doctors said that they were hopeful that the girl could walk again since she was responding well to the physiotherapy.
Layana, a student of Sanskrit, was hit in her head and legs. She was saved after a complicated surgery in the brain. The bright student is relying on her will power to regain her memory and lead a normal life. She was under the treatment of neurosurgeon Bhavadasan and orthopaedic U Sudheer.
Both the girls come from struggling families. Sudhila’s father Suresh had only recently gone to a Gulf country in search of better prospects. He had come on a short visit to see his daughter in the hospital. He had to leave soon to protect his job and the family’s livelihood. Layana’s father Bahuleyan is a welding worker at Aloor.
The Guruvayur Devaswom Board, which runs the Sree Krishna College, had taken care of the hospital expenses related to the students’ treatment. The Kerala government has also offered Rs 1 lakh. While hopeful of the students’ recovery, their families are staring at a bleak future where medical expenses are going to mount.