Friday, June 18, 2021

Air turbulence-hit flyer to be bedridden for a year: Doctors

Kolkata: The 77-year-old man, whose spinal cervical vertebrae had got severely damaged after being caught in a mid-air turbulence on a Mumbai- Kolkata Vistara flight on June 7, was released from the hospital on Wednesday night following a cord compression surgery.

Timir Baran Das, a former official of Food Corporation of India, will remain bedridden for at least a year, said doctors. He was admitted to Charnock Hospital on VIP Road.

Das, a resident of Tollygunge in south Kolkata, was flying to Kolkata with his son Subha — who had recovered from Covid-19 and also barely escaped a devastating fire at a Mumbai hospital’s ICU cabin — on June 7 when the flight was caught in a turbulence.

“Today, I can’t even sit or roll to a side of the bed without someone’s help. I feel crippled and keep on wondering what will happen when my son and his family will move back to Mumbai after his office resumes,” Das told TOI from his bed. Meanwhile, the other victim, Anita Agarwal, who had suffered a fractured left arm in the same incident, is still admitted at Bellevue Hospital.

18/06/21 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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