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Youngest 7/11 blast victim loses battle

Youngest 7/11 blast victim loses battle

Author: Viju B
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 31, 2006
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1827130.cms

He battled serious injuries for 19 days raising hopes of a recovery, but on Sunday morning Vikrant Khanvilkar, 18, the youngest of the 7/11 blast victims, finally succumbed to his injuries. The toll has now gone up to 201, and number of people who have died in various hospitals since June 11 has risen to nine.

Vikrant, who was caught in the explosion outside Borivili station, had received serious head and internal injuries. He was put on a ventilator and was suffering from acute pneumonia for the past few days.

The Wilson College student died at around 1.30 am following severe lung complications. Doctors who treated him at Karuna Hospital, Borivili, said it was a miracle that he had survived so long.

The only son of a middle-class Maharashtrian couple, Vikrant's death has cast a pall of gloom over his classmates and teachers at Wilson College and the Virar locality where he lived. His neighbours said the second-year microbiology student was a hardworking boy, a role model for children.

"This was not expected at all",said his father Satish Khanvilkar whose hopes had soared when Vicky, as he was known, regained consciousness some days back. Khanvilkar, along with a close family friend Damodar Chauhan, had not left Karuna Hospital since the night of July 11 when his son was admitted to the ICU, bleeding and unconscious.

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