Thirty-six hours ago, they were looking forward to welcoming their second child due in mid-June. But now, Amita Goel, 38, lies collapsed with tears and exhaustion due to the sudden death of her husband.
Dr Rajesh Jain, 39, who lost his life trying to provide emergency care to an 18-year-old man.
He was one of the doctors on board Apollo’s air ambulance that crashed late on Wednesday night near Faridabad, Harayana.
Blissfully unaware of the tragedy, his one-year-old son, Shantanu, was busy playing with his cousins in the courtyard of their two-storey house in Patel Nagar in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
In his six years with Apollo, Rajesh had flown on emergency duty many a times. That is why the family is yet to overcome the fact he is no more. “He was put on VVIP duties quite often. My mother and father still believe he will be back in the evening, like he always did,” said Sudhir Jain, his elder brother.
The family was preparing to go to sleep when they got a call from a relative, asking them to watch the news on television. “Since some channels were running the name wrong, we chose not to believe the news. It’s when we got a call from Apollo asking us to come to hospital immediately that we suspected something was wrong,” said the brother.
The youngest of the six siblings, Rajesh did his MBBS and DNB in anaesthesia from Meerut Medical College. He worked in two local private hospitals—Santosh and Yashodhara, before joining Apollo in 20005.
“Rajesh wanted to start a hospital of his own. How can he go away just like that? He can’t. And we cannot even blame anyone here,” said his father, NC Jain, a retired Public Works Department engineer. He just sat there in a corner of a large room full of people, with tears in his eyes.
Rajesh did not leave behind just a devastated family, but an entire neighbourhood that is in a state of shock and disbelief.
The fact that nearly 250 cars were parked on the long stretch leading to Hindon River Cremation Ground when Dr Jain was cremated around noon, spoke volumes about how much he was loved.
“There were cars all around and thousands of people accompanied the family. There wasn’t an inch of space to stand,” said Pandit Mohan Lal, who performed the last rites on platform number 15.