BENGALURU: A youth was cut into half after a truck hit his motorcycle and ran over him on the Tumakuru-Bengaluru road on Tuesday morning. As he clung on to life, he pleaded with those who took him to hospital, and the doctors, to harvest his organs and donate these to those in need.
Harish Nanjappa, 23, died due to injuries within minutes of being taken to a hospital. The doctors harvested his eyes and donated these to a hospital. Harish had gone to his home town Gubbi, in Tumakuru district, to vote in the panchayat elections, and was returning to Bengaluru when the accident occurred.
A truck carrying sugar bags on NH-4 tried to overtake Harish’s Bajaj Pulsar. The vehicle brushed against the motorcycle Nelamangala police said, throwing Harish under the wheels of the truck. The lower half of his body was thrown a few feet away. For a few minutes, he lay on the highway, pleading for help even as vehicles passed by.
Some passers-by filmed Harish, waist up, flailing his arms, while others informed cops who called for an ambulance. In the meantime, Jas Toll Company, which manages a stretch of the highway, sent an ambulance.
“Two ambulances reached Harish within 7-8 minutes of the accident being reported. He was rushed to the nearest hospital. He died a few minutes after being taken there,” DSP Rajendra Kumar said.
The truck driver, Varadaraj, was arrested and booked for causing a death due to rash driving. A case was registered at the Nelamangala Rural police station.
“We’ve collected Harish’s eyes as he was keen on donating his organs. It’s astounding how a man who was split into two and lying on the road was able to think with such clarity. It’s unheard of. He did not suffer head injuries because he was wearing a helmet,” said Dr Bhujang Shetty, chairman, Narayana Netralaya.
Dr Ajit Benedict Rayan, medical director, HOSMAT Hospital, said, “The injury he suffered is called a crush injury, in which a person’s bones, muscles, blood vessels and skin are separated from the body. It is inhuman that so many vehicles passed by. Despite a Supreme Court order, people still refuse to help accident victims. It was heroic of Harish to think of donating his organs to help others even as he lay in the middle of a road. It is possible for a person to survive being dismembered if timely intervention is provided.”