When they got married in November 1992, the two partners had vowed to share the joys and sorrows of life together.
But when the moment of truth came, Sanjeev Beri, 46, a chief loco inspector in the railways in Ferozepur (Punjab), was miles away from his beloved wife, to whom he had promised a life of togetherness.
His wife, Bharti, a victim of the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani mishap in Saran (north Bihar) on June 25, ‘lay in wait’ for her husband to be cremated in his presence as a ‘suhagan’ (married woman). But this was not to be. Her son Anshul, 20, lit the funeral pyre on June 27 in the absence of her husband, who had to be at a place some 1,470 km away for a compelling reason.
Sanjeev, the loving husband and doting father, had to steel himself to remain in Patna to tend to his daughter Ashna, 12, also a mishap victim, who was fighting for her life in a
“I had no choice. Having already lost my wife, I could not afford to lose my daughter too,” Sanjeev told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
But the upside to the most difficult decision of Sanjeev’s life is that he has saved Ashna.
His decision to get a ‘discharge on request’ from the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) and shift Ashna to Paras HMRI hospital in western Patna on June 25, the evening of the mishap, has paid off. Ashna is recuperating fast.
Doctors at the private facility said when Ashna was brought there, her haemoglobin level was significantly lower than normal, she had multiple fractures in her left leg and was in a state of shock pelvis were broken. We first stabilised her and after transfusing two units of blood on Saturday, we did an open reduction and internal fixation for femur and external fixation for the pelvis. She is stable and recovering well, but may require a couple of more surgeries,” said Paras hospital zonal director Dr Ravi Shankar Singh.
A student of Class 7 at BC Model School, Feroze pur Cantonment, Ashna will not be able to resume classes till at least a month from now, said Dr Singh.
Besides, she will need to be under the guidance of an orthopaedician for the next three months, if not more.
Her return home will not be possible before a week, and that has to be in a lying position, added Dr Singh.
The Beri family was travelling by Rajdhani for a vacation in Darjeeling when the mishap, which claimed four lives, including that of Bharti, occurred.
Sanjeev, his son Anshul and daughter Ashna, are the lucky to survive But their scars run deep!