Sengchi A Sangma (15), who was involved in the horrific car accident in Nongalbibra last week, is set to undergo several operations from tomorrow in Guwahati.
Sengchi’s condition has stabilized since the accident that claimed six lives, including that of her mother.
On January 12, Sengchi, along with many others, were returning home after the annual Song Krittan when their vehicle hit a parked truck at high speed, leading to four people losing their lives on the spot. Another victim died the same day at Williamnagar Civil Hospital, while seven-year-old Arian Sangma lost his life two days ago in Guwahati.
Sengchi, along with the driver, Badal Lama, and the now deceased Arian had been rushed to Guwahati for treatment. While the driver is said to be out of danger, Sengchi, though conscious, is undergoing a physical battle. The teenager had suffered severe injuries to her face and shoulder.
“She is unable to eat as her jaw has been dislocated and is being fed through tubes. Doctors in Guwahati have informed that she has gained enough physical stability to be able to undergo an operation on both her jaw and her shoulder. We are just hopeful things get better for her,” said John Sangma, who is one of the many that are spearheading a funding campaign for the victims of the incident.
Another accident victim, who is currently in Williamnagar is being treated locally and is said to be responding to treatment. Another in Nongalbibra is also said to be getting better.
Meanwhile, fundraising campaigners have expressed gratitude for all the contributions that have been pouring in for the hospitalized accident victims.
“We can’t thank the people enough for what they are continuing to do for these people. The response has been overwhelming and people are still donating. When I went to return money to a businessman today that I borrowed to take them to Guwahati, the businessman not only refused to take back the money but even asked if he could do more for the victims. That is the kind of response we are getting,” said former MLA of Rongara-Siju, Rophul Marak, who was one of the first responders to the scene of the accident and took the victims to Guwahati for treatment.