August 26, 2015
Son of a bedridden father who suffers a heart disease and homemaker mother, life somehow moved on for 19-year old S. Krishnan from Mahadevapuram in Mettupalayam.
He had learnt to come to terms with his life the hard way. His normal day began as early as 6:00 a.m. when he would supply newspapers to households. He would then board the 8:15 a.m. passenger train from Mettupalayam to Coimbatore to attend classes at the Government Arts College where he was pursuing B. Com. After college hours he would turn supplier at a local eatery. This was his schedule because he, as the eldest of three children was the sole bread winner of his family.
One morning, he got a little busy with work and reached the Mettupalayam station late. The train that he normally took everyday started pulling out of the station. Noticing Krishnan’s intention to catch the train, the guard yelled in warning. But a hell-bent Krishnan did not heed him.
As he was able to board the moving train, Krishnan lost his balance and found himself slipping between the train and the platform. Both his legs got severed. An onlooker who witnessed the chain of events rushed to offer Krishnan first-aid. “Even in that critical condition, Krishnan pleaded with us to lend help and offer support to his family.” a teary eyed Jaikumar M. recalls.
The 108 ambulance was given a miss. Instead, a private ambulance that reached the spot within 5 minutes of receiving the call, rushed Krishnan to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital from where he was transferred to a private hospital for treatment. Doctors there admitted that little could be done to restore his severed legs. While Krishnan is under intensive care in hospital, philanthropy continues to pour in from all corners.
Jaikumar, also a resident of Mahadevapuram in Mettupalayam, and Company Commander, Coimbatore District Home Guards, has acted as catalyst by spreading the awareness about Mettupalayam Municipal Chairman D. Satheesh Kumar’s fund collection efforts.
“As soon as I received the appeal to collect funds for the treatment of this boy, I shared the same on the Whatsapp groups that I am a member of,” he said. In the name of Krishna medical expenses fund, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, has collected Rs.10,000. Students of Mettupalayam Municipal Girls Higher Secondary School have also donated generously towards this cause.
Those wanting to contribute for the treatment can contact his mother Devaki.S at 9942046485