Eight-month-old ‘miracle baby’ Shivika, who miraculously escaped unhurt in a tragic road accident in which she lost her parents near Phagwara on Sunday, pined for her mother after she was handed over to her elderly grandfather.
Shivika’s medical check-up was conducted on Monday. She sustained some minor scratches on her forehead and is active. Five members of two Ludhiana families, including two children, died in the road mishap near Khurampur village in Phagwara when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck on Sunday. The families were related. The families were returning home after paying obeisance at the Chintpurni temple in Himachal Pradesh. A total of seven people, including three children, were in the vehicle.
Women neighbours in Subhash Nagar locality are helping out the toddler’s elderly grandfather Rajpal while feeding her. The other family is from New Puneet Nagar, Tajpur Road.
“She looks around and smiles. She cries when she doesn’t find her mother around. We try to comfort her. We are taking care of her and feeding her, but it feels she is not comfortable and looking for her mother,”said a woman neighbour.
“There is uncertainty about who will take care of her in future as it will be difficult for her grandfather to look after her as she is too young,” she said.
An inconsolable Rajpal, a widower, paid last rites to hiss son Vikas and his wife Shikha on Sunday evening. The couple had named Shivika using initials from their names. Vikas had also named his shop after his daughter. Surinder Kumar Bajaj, another survivor in the mishap, is undergoing treatment at hospital. He lost his wife Reena and two sons Raghav and Madhav in the mishap. Shikha and Reena were sisters.
At the time of the mishap Vikas was driving the car, the relatives said. When Surinder felt tired, he asked Vikas to drive the car when they reached near Rihana Jattan in Hoshiarpur. Ravinder sat on the back seat and had Shivika in his lap.