When a dozen wooden cupboards weighing 200kg each, fell on the chest of Kuldeep Sharma, 35, he was not sure if he would make it alive.
Travelling with a consignment of cupboards in a load carrier, Sharma found himself under them after the driver had to suddenly apply brakes.
That was six months ago; today all that remains of the traumatic accident is a vertical scar on his chest due to the life-saving surgery.
Even doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS) trauma centre, where he was rushed immediately after the accident, thought his survival was no less than a miracle.
There were no obvious signs on the outside that would give away the magnitude of Sharma’s internal injuries.
“His is a classic case of miraculous survival. Most of the times such patients do not make it to the hospital,” said Dr M.C. Misra, chief of trauma centre.
“They either die on the spot or on the way to hospital,” he added. All his tests results initially were also normal.
“He wasn't complaining much except for the chest pain,” said Dr Subodh Kumar, assistant professor, surgery, at the AIIMS trauma centre, who led the team that operated upon Sharma.
“We were even ready to discharge him after keeping him under observation for five hours,” said.
However, as Sharma’s luck would have it, he vomited and complained of giddiness minutes before the discharge, forcing doctors to redo all the tests.
The tests showed internal bleeding from the heart, with that his blood pressure dropped considerably and his
other functions, such as airway, breathing etc also were affected.
He went into shock and doctors had to resuscitate him before wheeling him in to operation theatre to stop bleeding.
Sharma was in a critical state when taken in for surgery, and doctors had informed his family of his serious state.
“My wife and brother consented for the surgery despite the risk involved,” said Sharma.
“I too agreed because I was thinking about my wife and three daughters, who had nowhere to go to,” he added.
“I was praying for a miracle and god heard me,” Sharma said.