ROING, Sep 21: The health condition of the most grievously injured child of the Jumupani incident, who almost lost a kidney, has been reported to be stable now.
The child has returned safe after a month-long treatment at hospitals in Dibrugarh and Shillong.
Eleven years old Echuli Mega, a standard five student of Jumupani Residential School at Jumuni village was out on Prabhat Pheri as part of Independence Day celebrations, when 21 of them, along with one of their teachers, were thrown into an almost 50 feet deep gorge after the hanging bridge they were crossing over collapsed.
The victims were then rushed to Dibrugarh for treatment.
While almost all the children who suffered and were treated for fractures, and other internal injuries, returned home, Echuli lay in the ICU at Aditya Nursing Home at Dibrugarh in a critical condition.
Her right kidney had suffered damage and she had to undergo a renal surgery.
Her uncle, Eka Mega informed that the surgery did not go as planned and the surgeons could not stop the internal bleeding, and hence, she had to be transferred to NEIGRIHMS in Shillong.
Her condition was stabilised there and the experts said that although the kidney was now only 10 percent functional, there was no need to remove it.
“We were told that with proper medication we can keep the damaged kidney functional”, said Mega.
Echuli can now slowly do basic physical activities, like walking, sitting, eating and using the washroom on her own, informed her uncle. However, she has to take her medications and has been advised to be on bed rest for three months, following which she has to revisit her doctor at NEIGRIHMS for further medical advice.
“The past month has been very harrowing for the whole family as we were on a verge of losing our child. We really appreciate the help provided by everyone, the Indian Air Force, MLA Mutchu Mithi, DC Deepak Shinde, SP Sanjay Kumar Sain, SDO Hunli Jali Umpo, CO Desali Hage Ato, ZPM Hunli-Desali Mama Miso, ex ZPC Chiliko Meto, ASM Jumupani Roto Mega, Headmaster Khoma Mimi, IMCLS, AIMSU, all the other donors and well wishers who have helped both in cash and kind”, said Mega.
Since Echuli is not in a condition to return to her village in Desali circle, or to her boarding at Jumuni village because of her health condition, she will be living with her uncle here in Roing. Mega informed that DC Shinde has assured to provide educational help so that she does not have to miss her studies.