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Punjabi Bagh accident: Parents donate eyes of 2 Delhi students killed in mishap

Despite the pain of losing their children, the families of Ritu Singh and Sanchit Chhabra did not hesitate when an NGO requested them to donate the students’ eyes. Four other students in the Honda City are critically injured.

delhi Updated: May 29, 2017 17:17 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
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Ritu Singh and Sanchit Chhabra were killed when the Honda City they were travelling in flew off a flyover. Their families have donated their eyes.

In a gesture that showed tremendous humanity in the midst of a tragedy, the families of the two college students killed in a car accident in Punjabi Bagh on Monday, decided to donate the eyes of the victims.

Sanchit Chhabra and Ritu Singh, both 19 year olds, were killed when a Honda City they were travelling to attend an exam flew off a flyover on the Outer Ring Road in Delhi around 8.30 am.

Sanchit’s father, Raj Kumar Chhabra, said he would have donated all the organs of his dead son had the thought struck him on time.

“By the time an NGO approached us with request for donation, only eyes of my son were usable. We agreed to donate his eyes without a second thought. My son was a helpful and friendly boy. Even in his death, he will be helping people,” said Raj Kumar.

“My son is gone, but at least two other people will be able to see the world through his eyes. Just thinking of this possibility makes me feel better,” said Raj Kumar.

Raj Kumar Chhabra, father of Sanchit, who died in the car accident at Punjabi Bagh. (Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo)

Ritu’s father, Malkhan Singh, too agreed to donate her daughter’s eyes without a second thought. “The NGO has invited me to meet the two persons who will receive Ritu’s eyes. My daughter will live in those two persons forever. I will meet them and stay in touch with them my entire life,” said her father amidst tears.

Fighting off their tears, the two fathers put up a brave front while speaking to the media and exhorted others to follow their footsteps.

“Most people are unaware of the contribution they can make to the world even after the loss of their dear ones. My heart feels lighter on thinking about the contribution my daughter has made even in her death,” said Malkhan Singh.

“People should be made aware about organ donation. My only regret is that her other organs were not usable,” he added.

First Published: May 15, 2017 16:38 IST