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'We pray to god to bring Mohit back to life'
Sharat Pradhan in Varanasi | March 10, 2006
Mohit died at 4 pm on March 11, a day after the following story was filed.
He can't tell you his name.
His head is wrapped in bandages. His tranquil face is a mess of tubes. Oxygen is being pumped into his lungs, and life-saving fluids into his tiny body.
He is struggling for his life.
Mohit is in coma in the ICU at the Benaras Hindu University hospital in Varanasi.
He had come to the temple town with his family to attend a wedding at the popular Sankat Mochan Temple on Tuesday. Once the marriage festivities were over Mohit and his family were headed to the railway station to catch a train back to their native Bihar. The family thus escaped the blast at the temple a few minutes earlier. But perhaps Fate had something in store for Mohit, because when a bomb ripped through Varanasi Railway Station at around 6.30 pm, little Mohit was thrown to the hard, stone floor and lost consciousness.
"It must be what destiny wished this on us," moans Mohit's sobbing mother Seema Devi.
Mohit's father is a farmer and owns a small piece of land in north Bihar. Seema Devi has not fathomed that her son, who she says is eight, is in a deep coma resulting from the head injury. She asks, "When will my son gain consciousness? It has been three days.
Mohit's younger sister is also being treated for minor injuries at a local district hospital, a few kilometers away. Seema Devi is shuttling between the bedsides of both children.
Dr P Bhattacharya, the physician attending on Mohit, does not appear confident about his chances. "We have yet to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis," says Bhattacharya. "It is a case of trauma with head injury that has sent the boy into coma. We are doing whatever best is possible. But we cannot say whether he will recover fully, partially or not recover at all."
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