City prays for little Sanjana, gritty survivor

There was a ray of hope amid bleak tragedy as three-year-old Sanjana was removed from the rubble.

Published: 17th October 2017 02:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th October 2017 10:33 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: There was a ray of hope amid bleak tragedy as three-year-old Sanjana was removed from the rubble. As fire personnel carried her half-charred body, the atmosphere was charged with emotion as the gritty girl had survived the blast and close to five hours under the rubble. Sanjana’s parents were not so lucky as they died following the blast in their ground floor house of the building.

Just before noon, the girl was dug out after firemen chanced to hear a feeble little voice crying out for her mother. Even as her miraculous survival warmed the hearts of all those who witnessed her rescue, the initial happiness turned to worry. For Sanjana has suffered 60 per cent burns and her chances of survival appear bleak, according to doctors treating her. 

Sanjana’s pregnant mother Ashwini (27) was a month away from delivery. She died along with her husband Saravana (31), a cab driver. On Monday afternoon, many of Sanjana’s relatives were at her bedside while she had an oxygen mask on. Her extended family members were too shell-shocked to speak to the press. Her grandparents were at the mortuary of Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital mourning Saravana and Ashwini’s death. 

After news of Sanjana losing both her parents spread, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy announced that the government will bear her medical expenses and education as well.

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