Even after 27 surgeries, she manages to smile

DECCAN CHRONICLE | JOYEETA CHAKRAVORTY
Published Sep 26, 2015, 9:11 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 5:06 pm IST
27-year-old Sunitha met with a near- fatal accident that ruined her looks and caused severe facial deformities
27-year-old Sunitha met with a near- fatal accident that ruined her looks and caused severe facial deformities
 27-year-old Sunitha met with a near- fatal accident that ruined her looks and caused severe facial deformities

Bengaluru: In a country with a major cosmetic obsession, where beauty is considered a major asset, good looks are paramount and everyone spends huge amounts of money on external enhancements, there is inspiration coming from 27-yr-old Sunitha who met with a near- fatal accident that ruined her looks and caused severe facial deformities.

Despite doctors saving her life, her facial disfigurement could not be mitigated. Sadly, for any other woman this alteration in her looks could have caused more pain and sorrow than anything else, but surprisingly, for Sunitha her new appearance didn’t crush her spirit or lower her morale.

 

“Beauty to me is such a relative term and I have never bothered to look pretty,” says the 27-year-old who used to work in a city-based MNC. After welcoming a baby she prefers to be a stay-at-home mother. This lively 27-year-old met with a horrific accident on August 27, 2011, while travelling to her home in Coimbatore. The Bengalurean recalls, “The van was travelling at top speed and the driver fell asleep for a fraction of a second. I was in the back seat, asleep. Suddenly the car veered out of control and I was badly injured.”

The gutsy girl has had 27 surgeries till now.  “I suffered a crushing injury on my face. My whole face was shattered along with my nose and both jaws and orbits,” says Sunitha. “I had reconstructive surgery on my face. My legs and other  parts  of my body were also operated on.” Since then she has undergone multiple surgeries for her injuries. These included microsurgery for upper jaw reconstruction, flap reconstruction of the nose, occulo-plastic surgery and dental rehabilitation.

This was one of the most emotionally uplifting medical cases and one of the most successful ones, that proves the power of how plastic surgery can beat severe physical disfigurement.

Fortunately Sunitha had the right attitude.  “I never bothered about being beautiful and luckily my facial disfigurement after the road accident did not really bother me,” says this admirably undeterred 27-year-old. Looking back at the accident, the girl has nothing negative to say. “Nothing has changed after the accident. Only better things have happened and will continue to do so. I am happy I am alive and nothing else matters,” sums up the mother of an adorable 6-month-old baby girl.

“People should start looking within rather than outside, that is how we can be truly happy,” sums up this amazing, courageous, determinedly positive young lady.

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Location: Karnataka




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