'Will my fingers grow again' asks Purni
Purni makes an effort to use her left hand for writing.
Purni receiving a certificate at a prize-giving ceremony.
She does not know that human fingers do not grow like 'Ladies
Fingers'. Fifteen-year-old Purni prays and believes that her fingers on
her right would grow. Nature was cruel to this little girl, a bright
student at Vihara Maha Devi Girls School, Kundasale.
Tragedy struck her on the morning of January 10 this year. On this
ill-fated day, Purni de Silva was in her school van reading a book. The
vehicle was caught up in traffic block. A bus at high speed hit it from
behind. Purni was thrown inside. When she opened her eyes, she lay on a
hospital bed. Her right hand was plastered.
Purni stretched her left hand as she felt there was something missing
on her right. Yes... she was right. Her right wrist was missing. It had
Tears rolled down her eyes. "How can I write beautiful letters and
sketch," she asked herself. The fault was not hers. But an errant driver
was responsible for the crime.
Anuradhapura Bhikkhu University Senior Lecturer Ven. Pathegama
Gnanissara Thera assisting Purni to write with her left hand.
Purni was a student who topped the year five scholarship recording
over 90 marks in all subjects. She was dreaming to sit for her GCE O/L
to come out with flying colours for her school. Yet, without her right
hand she is determined. You could see how she trains her left hand to do
the writing in the picture published alongside this sad story.
Purni, being the only child of the De Silva family was their only
hope. However, nature has not been unkind to her. Her parents are now
trying to give her an artificial wrist. Good Samaritans at the
Coimbatore Gango Hospital, in Tamil Nadu have agreed to provide an
artificial wrist to Purni. Her family is faced with financial
Her father who works in a private firm and her mother who is a
teacher seek the help of kind hearted Sri Lankans to proceed to that
She is now preparing for her O/L examination. One day after the
accident she had written with her left hand in her diary, "Sometimes I
think my fingers will grow again." Join in this humanitarian cause to
give her at least an artificial limb.
Details could be obtained from the Colombo General Hospital, Plastic
Surgeon Dammika Dissanayake. ([email protected]) or
telephone on 0714-817427. They have not opened new accounts but Purni's
'Sisu Udana' account at Kandy People's Bank (0032-00131-507125) will
gladly welcome donations for this worthy cause.