Bhai duj nightmare: After mother’s death, 13-yr-old victim’s eyes, brain damaged

Punjabi Bagh car accident

The Hush Post| 15:52pm |two-minute-read

Chetanya Sardana, the daughter of Poonam Sardana who was killed in the car accident in Punjabi Bagh on Friday, has sustained critical injuries. The 13-year-old’s eyes and brain have been damaged, her family said.

Sonia, Poonam’s sister-in-law, said Chetanya has multiple fractures on her face. They have already donated Poonam’s eyes. In case, Chetanya needs an eye, the donation would ensure they would be given an eye “on priority”. Chetanya was not in a condition to be operated by Saturday, they said.

“Pieces of shattered glass have pierced her eyes damaging them badly. Doctors have said that she has also developed air gaps in her brain and therefore cannot be given anaesthesia for a surgery,” Sonia said.

They were on their way home from a temple in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur when the accident took place

She added that Chetanya’s eardrum had also been damaged. “Doctors have told us she can develop further complications doctors,” she said. However, doctors have said that it may not be possible to preserve Poonam’s eyes for more than two days and that there was no guarantee that Chetanya’s condition may stabilise in that period.

On Friday night, Sardana family’s get-together on Bhai Dooj turned into a nightmare. Their car was hit by another car which was being driven by a woman under the influence of alcohol. They were on their way home from a temple in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur when the accident took place. Chetanya’s father Vimal, who was driving their Mahindra Quanto car, said he initially spotted the errant Maruti S-Cross car on the other side of the divider being driven rashly. Within two-to-four seconds the car had jumped onto their lane and hit them before he could react. “It just sprang up and crashed into us. It was like straight out from a movie,” said Vimal.

Poonam sustained injuries in her head and back causing her death instantly, he said. Chetanya, a Class 8 student, who was sitting next to the right rear window, is battling life at Fortis Hospital, Punjabi Bagh.

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