Dheeraj Chheda, whose son Pratik, 24, died in a freak accident after falling off a crowded local train on Thursday, donated his son’s eyes and skin.
Pratik was one of the three persons, who died after being hit by a portion of a signal pole between Mulund and Nahur. The victims were standing on the footboard of the overcrowded train compartment of the CST-bound local.
“My son is no more. But at least his organs will benefit other people. It is our tradition [among Jains] to donate organs,” said Dheeraj.
Pratik, who worked in the marketing department of a Koparkhairne-based company was going towards CST on Thursday.
“Nearly 80% of the eye donations is done by people from the Jain and Marwadi community. Everyone should follow their example,” said Dr TP Lahane, dean of JJ Hospital.
The two others who died were identified as Jiten Wara, 29, and Ganesh Kumar Yadav, 20. More than 30 people were injured in the accident. Most of the injured were taken to Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar, among other hospitals between the Mulund and Ghatkopar stretch.
Wara was an employee of a travel agency and lived in Kalwa. “Wara was promoted to the post of manager a month ago,” said his colleague, Ravindra Ganu.
Most of the injured had suffered fractures in their left hands. Some of the injured patients alleged that their treatment was delayed at Rajawadi Hospital owing to the X-Ray machine not working. Of the 12 patients, who came to the hospital for treatment, four were admitted to the trauma ward.
“The patients were taken to Mahatma Phule Hospital, Vikhroli and Godrej Hospital, Vikhroli in ambulances for X-Rays,” said Dr Vijaya Bhatt, medical superintendent, Rajawadi Hospital.
Kalyan resident, Rahul Singh, 26, was headed towards Kurla for an event where he was working as a bouncer. “We have lost the contract because of this accident now,” said Singh.
Singh was standing by the compartment door when he was hit by the signal. His friend, Narendra Balkande, 24, pulled him inside the compartment in the nick of time thus saving his life.
The other victims were taken to MT Agarwal Hospital at Mulund, Fortis Hospital Mulund, Sion Hospital, Godrej hospital in Vikhroli, Sapna hospital in Ghatkopar among others.