M. Sai Gopal
HYDERABAD: He squealed with delight and held his mother's hand even as his eyes welled up with tears after seeing her wave at him while being wheeled out of the hospital's scanning room. Wednesday's nightmare will be etched permanently in Sharat Chandra's mind.
Still clad in his Kendriya Vidyalaya, Begumpet uniform, Sharat ran after his mother's stretcher, eager to accompany and spend time with her in the upper floors of the hospital.
Sharat Chandra's anxiety and immediate relief after seeing his mother in a stable condition was understandable.
His mother Vijayashri and his elder brother Shyam Krishna were injured when the navy aircraft crashed into their three-storey building in Bowenpally locality. Both of them were drenched in the aircraft's lubricating oil and suffered injuries after hit by the falling brick wall. They were immediately rushed to Secunderabad Yashoda Hospital after the aircraft crash.
His father, C. Ram Mohan, an employee of the State Bank of India (SBI) was in the bank when the news broke about the crash. A shell-shocked Mr. Ram Mohan rushed to the hospital anticipating the worst.
Relief was visible when he was told that his wife and son were not seriously injured. “I told my son not to worry but he is shocked. In fact, we are all in a state-of-shock after the turn of events. I was in the office, when I saw the newsbreak on television, I was stunned. It's a miracle because the doctors are assuring us that both of them are doing fine,” said C. Ram Mohan, Vijayshri's husband and SBI employee.
Worried relatives, mostly womenfolk, from the family hugged and pacified Sharat. While in school, the class 6 student received a phone call from his father and rushed to Yashoda Hospital in Secunderabad. The elders of the family, including his father had a tough time mollifying the teary eyed youngster.
Sharat's uncle and Vijayshri's brother V. Sastry informed that the family members had to spend tense moments. “All news channels in the country had these disturbing visuals of our house. I was afraid of the worst. Yet, it's a miracle,” he said.
The hospital doctors maintained that the mother and son are stable. “She has a right thigh fracture and deep forcible cut on the backside. There is oil spillage on the body.
The boy has suffered minor injuries and both are doing fine,” said Medical Administrator, Yashoda Hospitals, Dr. Surender Rao.