On the Ganesh immersion day last month, a family of three on their way home were knocked down from their motorcycle and critically injured. Jayesh Bhanushali (29) suffered a fracture on his right hand. His wife Leena (25), who was pregnant, nearly lost all sensory function in her lower limbs. And their two-year-old daughter Jeetika had serious injuries on her feet.
On Tuesday the eve of World Trauma Day – they returned to their home in Saki Naka after 33 days in hospital. “The Bhanushali family is an apt example of the significance of World Trauma Day. It emphasises the importance of trying to save lives through quick response during those critical moments,” said Dr Anuj Clerk, critical care consultant at SevenHills Hospital, where the family was treated.
The doctor pointed out that the Bhanushalis were fortunate in that they were rushed to hospital by relatives who were following in a car. “It was about 10.15pm when a car rammed the bike and we fell in the middle of the road,” said Jayesh. Jayesh suffered polytrauma and underwent 25 stitches. They lost their unborn child. Leena and their two-year-old struggled in ICU for nearly two weeks, Clerk said.
“It is difficult to explain what I went through as I saw my wife and child in a critical condition. I forgot my pain when the doctors told me about their condition,” Jayesh recalled. “The most difficult part was handling our daughter. She was in pain and missing her mother. ”
Jayesh is a customs employee. He’s not in a position yet to add up the bills. But he’s certainly happy that his wife is able to take a few steps with the help of a walker. It will be a few weeks more before the child can walk again.
As he left the hospital, Jayesh vowed to extend his help to anybody he comes across in a similar situation and he hopes that his story will inspire others not to stay passive onlookers.
The WHO says trauma is a major cause of death and disability across the world. WHO research points out that 50% of deaths in road accidents in developing countries could be prevented with effective interference after trauma has occurred with pre-hospital care, knowledge of handling such situations and adequate facilities.