Andheri bridge collapse: 36-year-old Asmita Katkar battling for survival

Katkar was returning home when the bridge collapsed and she was trapped under the debris

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On July 3, 2018, a part of Gokhale bridge collapsed on the railway tracks between Andheri and Vile Parle. Six people were injured, out of which, Asmita Katkar is said to be in a critical condition and is admitted to Cooper Hospital. Katkar was returning home after dropping her son to school when the incident unfolded.

Katkar used that bridge daily in order to drop her son to school. While returning, the bridge collapsed and she fell from 16-feet high and was trapped under the debris.

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Katkar’s relatives were worried when she did not return home. When they switched on the TV, they saw the Andheri bridge collapse news and realised that Katkar might have been trapped under the debris. Her brother - Sanjay Gavas - reached the site and informed Mumbai fire brigade and NDRF officials to look out for her sister.

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36-year-old Asmita Katkar is a Sawantwadi resident and works as domestic help in Andheri. Her husband Lahu Katkar works as a safai worker at a school. They have a son Siddhesh who is 6-years-old. 

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As Katkar fell from a 16-feet height, her face, left hand, and brain suffered grave injuries. Doctors at Cooper Hospital performed surgeries on her face, brain and left hand.

She fell down from a great height and now we are very scared. We are praying to God that she gets better as soon as possible,” Sanjay Gavas, Brother.

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She had slipped into a vegetative stage after suffering multiple injuries on the body, brain hemorrhage, spine injuries. Our team of neurologist, plastic surgeon, ortho surgeons have performed a surgery on her,” Dr Rajesh Sukhdev, Head of Forensics.

Besides Katkar, four others were shifted to Cooper Hospital. Injured Manoj Mehta (52) who too fell from a height suffered a back injury and internal injuries. He is being treated at Nanavati Hospital and is said to be in a critical condition.

Others injured, Dwarkaprasad Sharma (47) and Harish Koli (45) were shifted to the general ward and another injured Girdhari Singh (40) was shifted to the SICU ward. 

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