With hope and grieving heart, this grandmom gears up to start life afresh

Four years ago, a single mother from Kolkata had moved to Navi Mumbai with her spastic daughter and her elderly mother with the hope of starting her life afresh. On Thursday, only two of them will be returning to Kolkata in another attempt to pick up the pieces and continue with life. Poornima Goswami will have to learn to live without her daughter while her granddaughter Aahana will have to survive without a mother.

The common link between Poornima and Aahana, 34 year-old Anandita Mishra, a Reliance employee was stabbed to death last October. After Anandita's death, Aahana's cerebral palsy worsened and after four months of intensive medical care Aahana will be going back with her grandmother to stay with her mother's family in Kolkata.

The past four months have been an emotional roller coaster for her, said Goswami who had to first overcome the shock of her daughter's death and then gear up to nurse her granddaughter back to health.

"The worst was the time when the doctors told me that Aahana had gone into semi coma. My hopes were dwindling and I almost felt that like my daughter, my granddaughter will leave me forever," said Goswami.

"Mumbai gave me grief but it also gave me the strength to fight pain. The entire city prayed for Aahana and the power of those prayers pulled her back from death. But I have nothing more left in this city, except memories of my daughter and I know that Anandita would want me to go and stay where her daughter can be cared for. Kolkata is where my daughter's family stays and I will stay there at a rented house," said Goswami, who is presently staying in Vashi.

Aahana who suffers from severe dystonia, is presently being fed through a tube inserted into her stomach and has been recommended a daily physiotherapy session. "Ever since Aahana was hospitalised, be it MGM, Vashi or Jaslok from where she was discharged a couple of days back, the hospital management, doctors, nurses and even social workers have taken care of her like she was their own child. In Kolkata too, I will be staying close to a super-speciality hospital and will be hiring a nurse and a physiotherapist for her. She is all I have now," said Goswami.

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