President tells army to help Achala

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the army to help the final year Law student Achala Priyadarshani whose arm, on alleged medical negligence, was amputated after an accidental fall from a flight of stairs at her home in Urubokka.

The army media unit said that the President spoke to the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya yesterday to find out if the army could provide a  prosthetic arm to the girl.

President Rajapaksa at the same time told the Commander of the Army that he would ensure the release of financial grants to purchase the prosthesis on a humanitarian basis.

Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, responding to the President’s directive, readily consented to provide her with a Germany-manufactured artificial arm which costs around Rs 3.5 million after immediately contacting the supplier in Sri Lanka, the army media unit added.

The Commander of the Army, in turn directed Major General R.V. Samaratunga, Director Rehabilitation, to meet the victim at the Colombo National Hospital and do the needful.

Medical experts on hand however opined that measurements for the prosthesis could not be taken as of now since her wrapped wounds would take at least two more weeks before complete healing.