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Hope fades for Victor Sangale's family

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Pune Mirror
15th October, 2019 06:00 IST

They meet Pune district collector, request him to expedite the process for compensation

After nearly 20 days of searching, the family of Victor Sangale seem to have given up hope of finding him alive. Members of the Sangale family met Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram on Monday and requested him to finish the procedure of providing compensation for Victor. Ram assured them that the process will be expedited in the coming weeks.

The 26-year-old amputee has been missing after getting caught in the September 25 flash floods that ravaged Pune.


Till now, the memory of Victor’s positive attitude had kept family going even as hope of finding him well faded. “His leg had to be amputated, his lungs had to undergo surgery but he never complained. We would like to follow his positive attitude for the rest of our lives," Victor’s father Augustine Sangale told Pune Mirror.

On September 25, Victor was driving his car from Viman Nagar to Wanawadi to go to his cousin but as he was crossing a bridge near Ganga Satellite in Wanawadi, an overflowing nullah swept away his car. “For the first time, he was driving to his cousin’s place alone. His mother and I had inculcated a habit of not saying no to him and even on that rainy day, we did not stop him from driving all the way to Wanawadi from Viman Nagar. We did not know that there was a trouble on the way,” Augustine said.

Few weeks before the fateful day, Victor was being filmed by a Mumbaibased documentary maker which was recently uploaded on social media after he went missing. In the video, Victor is seen speaking about his future plans of cycling over 400 km from Guwahati in Assam to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. He successfully completed that expedition.

Sharing his example of positive attitude, Sangale family stated that after surviving from a dangerous strain of cancer, he started motivating other cancer patients. "There was so much positivity in him that after recovering from cancer, he started counselling other patients. He would periodically go to those patients, share his experience with them and brought that positive attitude back in them," his father said.

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