The Full horror of what happened to him on Tuesday morning may take months, even years, to come to terms with — but 20-year-old Usman Mohammed wants to appear for his remaining HSC board exams.
The student of Anjuman Urdu High School and Junior College lost both his legs in a train accident when he was on his way to Father Agnel College in Bandra to give his Physics paper.
Usman, a resident of Malad, was standing on the footboard of a Churchgate-bound train when he fell on the tracks near Jogeshwari station and his legs got stuck between the train’s wheels.
“I was memorising Physics formulae at that time,” he said from a bed of Manoram Hospital in Malad, where his severely mauled legs had to be amputated on Wednesday. “Suddenly the train gave off a huge jerk after halting abruptly and I was in between the tracks.”
Commuters and railway personnel pulled him out. Usman managed to give them his brother’s phone number and the family was informed about the accident. He was first taken to Juhu’s Cooper Hospital and from there shifted to Manoram Hospital.
His family has decided to approach the Mumbai Board to allow him to appear for the remaining exam from the hospital bed.
“Though it will be a task for Usman to study and appear for the remaining three papers, I am sure his courage will help him do that,” said his father Mohammed Farooq, a trader.
“I have lost just my legs, but my hands are still intact,” Usman said. “Inshallah, I will clear my remaining papers if I get a chance.”
Usman is the eldest among three siblings. His family, residents of the Old Collector compound area in Malad, says he was an average student and participated in extra-curricular activities. “He is very attached to his grandmother. She is in trauma after she learnt about the accident,” a relative said.
“These are bad times for us,” said Farooq. “But they too shall pass.”