By T S Sudhir
On Thursday morning, Swamy Goud was among the grieving parents, having lost his 6-year-old son Darshan in the accident in Maisaipet village of Medak district, where the Nanded passenger had collided with the school bus of Kennedy school, killing 14 students. 24 hours later, his son Darshan came alive.
Confused? So was Swamy Goud because when he went looking in the hospital for Darshan, the hospital authorities heard `Darshan’ as `Dattu’ and handed him Darshan’s classmate, Dattu’s body. Goud could not recognise his face as it was terribly disfigured as a result of the impact of the collision. He performed Dattu’s last rites, thinking it was Darshan.
On Friday, when Darshan gained consciousness at Yashoda hospital in Secunderabad and revealed his father’s name, Swamy Goud was called. And his joy knew no bounds when he saw an injured but smiling Darshan at the hospital. Rebirth could not have been more dramatic.
But it was grief for Dattu’s family whose elder sister Bhuvana (whose Telugu text book with her name written neatly on it, I saw at the accident site) also died in the tragedy. Dattu’s father Veera Babu had taken away the body of his daughter and presumed that his son was being treated in one of the hospitals in Hyderabad. But it was only when he checked the records, the authorities realised that Dattu’s body had been taken away by mistake.