In an accident scene, while most onlookers act aloof or record the incident on their smartphones, there are some who step up. More often than not, it is the presence of mind and timely intervention by these strangers that has saved the lives of countless road accident victims.
For Kaniyambal Chemmannur Roy, the saviour appeared in the form of a 13-year-old school student, Kannan, who unlike many mute spectators at the accident site near the Sakthan Thampuran bus-stand in Kunnamkulam, Kerala, rushed to the former’s rescue and went out of his way to get the man to the nearby taluk hospital.
As reported by Manorama, a local Malayalam Daily, Roy lost his balance and fell down while giving way to a bus that was entering the main road from the bus terminus, and sustained head and leg injuries.
Unfortunately, no one came forward to help and many were quite unabashedly recording the man’s extreme discomfort on their mobiles.
Kannan, a student of Class 8 at the Holy Cross CBSE Senior Secondary School, was on his way to school when he saw Roy and swiftly rushed to his help. He parked his scooter, picked Roy up and tried to seek help from vehicles passing by, and even attempted to halt an auto-rickshaw, but the driver steered away from the site.
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Finally, it was a lady, who serendipitously happened to be a nurse at a private hospital in the town, who came to the duo’s rescue and together, they managed to get help from an auto-rickshaw driver and rushed Roy to the intensive care unit at the taluk hospital.
It was only after Roy’s family members, who were alerted by one of his acquaintances, arrived at the hospital, did Kannan leave for school.
Upon being inquired about his late arrival, Kannan informed his teacher about the incident, following which his exemplary act of human compassion was commended at a special assembly, and a PTA committee meeting was convened to appreciate him.
Because of Kannan’s quick intervention, Roy could receive timely medical attention and was discharged in the afternoon. The young boy’s concern didn’t stop at getting help alone, and after the school got over, he even went to meet Roy at his house.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)