While this may read as a lesson straight from any moral science book, two students from St Xavier’s School Loyola Hall visited hell and back on Monday.
An idea to take a shortcut to reach home faster by jumping the tall iron gate of St Xavier’s School Loyola Hall, turned out to be his worst nightmare for class XI student Nathan Gomes, 16. When he jumped over, an iron rod pierced through his muscle near the wrist emerging from the palm, leaving Nathan, a football player, hanging onto the gate precariously for his dear life.
Even a simple movement of his left hand had the potential of cutting the muscle and the skin. He hung on thus for not less than one- and-a-half hours since the 108 ambulance took that time to reach the spot, students alleged.
They expressed their inability to provide him any medical help in that position till fire brigade personnel came and cut the metal fence to free his hand. They then called in the fire brigade which sent its personnel in 10 minutes and Nathan could finally be taken to the hospital, with the rod hanging on his wrist, for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, seeing Nathan hanging on the gate nearly five feet from the ground, his friend, Namangiri Goswamy, a class XI science student, saw Nathan’s plight and rushed in to rescue. He offered Nathan his shoulder to stand on so that Nathan could maintain his balance.
Naman kept encouraging Nathan to hang on till help arrived, also suffering burns on his back from sparks that hit him when the fence was being cut. “It was important to help him. So, I along with two of my other friends stood there to support Nathan,” said Naman.
“The student tried to take a shortcut and tragedy happened. We visited him in the hospital; surgery has been performed to remove the metal rod. Doctors said that he is going to be fine,” said principal, Father Fernand Durai SJ.
However, additional chief fire officer Rajesh Bhatt gives all credit to Naman and says that the attempt to help Nathan keep balance was commendable. “The school called us 45 minutes after the incident. We rushed with hydraulic and metallic cutters and rescued the boy,” he said.