Proving that indifferent Delhi does have a heart, a group of schoolchildren saved the life of a hit-and-run victim, putting him inside the auto that had hit him and pushing it to a nearby hospital.
Devendar Kumar Dubey, 27, was left bleeding and with broken bones protruding from his left leg after the auto knocked him off his cycle in south Delhi’s Saket on January 29 at around 1.45pm. The driver abandoned his auto and fled, taking the key.
The seven Class 9 students from Veer Chander Singh Garhwali Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya were walking to school after missing their bus when they came across Dubey.
Stopping to help, they tried to flag down cars on the busy stretch but no one stopped. On foot and with no money, the boys put the bleeding man inside the auto and pushed it for almost a kilometre to Max Hospital.
After surgery and a long recovery, Dubey — who incidentally works in the same hospital’s intensive care unit — was discharged two weeks ago. "I am much better and cannot thank these kids enough," he told HT on Friday.
The students were busy with exams for all of March and HT finally got to speak to one of them on Thursday.
"We saw him get hit but it was all so sudden, we hardly had time to chase the driver. Bhaiyya’s condition was bad — he was bleeding and we could see bones jutting out of the skin near the ankle. We tried stopping cars but in vain," said Prashant Kumar, 15.
"We did not have time to think, pushing the auto was our only option. Bhaiyya asked us to take him to Max Hospital, which was luckily just about a kilometre away."
"I saw an auto being pushed by children and was shocked to find one of our staff in it, severely injured. The lower one-third of Dubey’s left leg was hanging loose," said Dr VGR Shastry, senior consultant in the emergency ward.