Russell Sarkar, who lost a leg after a bus ran him over in April last year, returned home from the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) with a prosthetic leg yesterday.
A Swiss-made artificial leg was attached to Russell’s knee at CRP on April 17, said Mohammad Shafiq, head of CRP’s prosthetic and orthotics department.
He was given a release from CRP as he is now fit to walk using the prosthetic leg, said Shafiq. CRP bore the entire cost of the procedure.
“It usually takes four weeks to get used to an artificial leg. With more practice Russell will find it easier to walk,” said Shafiq.
“This artificial leg will surely make my life easier and better. I am feeling very happy now,” said Russell, “I am grateful to CRP for donating the prosthetic limb and supporting me throughout.”
When asked about his future plans, Russell said he hasn’t made any plans as he is yet to get full compensation. “I will plan for my family after receiving the full amount.”
Russell, 26, was knocked down by a Green Line bus near Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover in the capital’s Dholaipar on April 28 last year.
The incident happened after an altercation broke out between Russell and the bus driver over rear-ending his car. As Russel chased down the bus, the bus driver ran him over.
On April 11, Green Line Paribahan handed Tk 5 lakh to Russell following a High Court order and is expected to pay another Tk 45 lakh in 30 days.