A man, whose body was severed in two after a truck ran over him, surprised everybody with his presence of mind and large heartedness. He reportedly not just screamed for help but also asked people ‘to donate his organs’.
The horrific accident occurred on the State Highway in Nelamangala on Tuesday morning. The victim is Harish N. (26), who was an employee of SSMS Private Limited (Whitefield).
He had gone to his village in Tumakuru in connection with the gram panchayat elections and was returning to office in Whitefield on his motorcycle when the accident occurred.
At Thippagondanahalli, a lorry carrying sugar bags, tried to overtake his bike. Nelamangala Rural police said that the lorry accidentally touched the bike, causing Harish to lose his balance. He fell under the wheels of the lorry and his body was severed.
For a few minutes, he lay on the highway, pleading for help even as passers-by watched in horror.
Some passersby informed the police who rushed him to a hospital.
“Ambulances reached Harish in about 8 minutes after the accident was reported. He was alive when he was rushed to the nearest government hospital. A few minutes after reaching there, he passed away,” DySP Rajendra Kumar said.
According to the police, Harish also told the people that he wished to donate his organs.
As per his wish, his eyes were harvested and donated to Narayana Netralaya. Dr Bhujang Shetty of Narayana Netralaya told mediapersons that he had never seen such presence of mind and was deeply moved by Harish’s gesture. “Luckily, he was wearing a helmet. His eyes were not damaged. His eyes will be donated to two individuals. Sadly, his other organs could not be harvested,” he told mediapersons.
The others organs could not be harvested since they were badly damaged in the accident, said a senior police officer.
The Nelamangala Rural police have booked the driver of the truck, Varadharaj, for causing death due to negligence and for rash and reckless driving.
Dr Bhujang Shetty of Narayana Netralaya was deeply moved by Harish’s gesture