Eva Coaster would have never thought that she would celebrate her birthday in a hospital ward in Kochi. The Swedish tourist was hacked a few days ago at Thekkady by a man reported to be mentally unstable and in an inebriated condition. The knife pierced her eye and got stuck there, till it was removed at a hospital.

Her husband, Jan Coaster, escaped with injuries.

As doctors have advised against airlifting Eva back home, she has been confined to the ward at Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi.

On Thursday, she turned 58. She has for company the hospital staff and Jan, her lifemate for the past 40 years.

Hospital authorities said she shared with them her experiences of celebrating past birthdays with her kids and grandchildren. And of course, she cut the birthday cake.