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Anni Dewani’s dad breaks his silence after freak accident

He was servicing a lift near his home in Sweden with his arm outside the cage when the chain slipped.

FILE: Anni Dewani's father, Vinod Hindocha. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

LONDON - The father of Anni Dewani says he was determined to survive an accident in which his arm was severed because he heard his daughter calling him.

Vinod Hindocha came close to death two months ago when a lift he was servicing suddenly fell.

Now he says he hopes to be able to play golf again by Christmas.

In his first major interview since the freak accident, he said he believed he was about to die.

He was servicing a lift near his home in Sweden with his arm outside the cage when the chain slipped.

The lift dropped and his arm was ripped off. There was terrible blood loss and he was in shock.

But Hindocha says he heard his daughter calling to him saying, "You must go back, you still have a lot to do."

Anni, Hindocha's youngest daughter was murdered in Cape Town in 2010.

In December, her husband Shrien Dewani was dramatically cleared of her murder.

Her family is considering pursuing him through the civil courts.