Kuravilangad: A 60-year-old man had a miraculous escape after the debris of a wall collapse fell over him, burying him.
Tapping worker N D Thomas, 60, of Uzhavur in Kerala's Kottayam district came face-to-face with death on Thursday evening.
A sand-laden lorry had reached near the under-construction house of Thomas on that fateful day. Thomas was standing by the roadside near to a wall, giving instructions to the lorry driver. Suddenly, the lorry tipped towards Thomas and he immediately jumped down from the wall. The lorry smashed the wall and rolled down but got stuck between two trees. The sand from the lorry and the wall debris fell on top of Thomas. Neighbours and onlookers rushed towards the site.
"It was dark all around me. Initially, I was able to breathe, then I found it difficult to take in air. I started feeling suffocated. I tried to scream out. But my voice did not get out. But I could hear neighbours and villagers shouting outside. I felt my life was about to end. However, soon help reached me. And I was taken out," Thomas recounted his experience.
His son Christopher rushed forward first to help Thomas. He used a shovel to remove the sand. More people joined him and they were able to rescue Thomas within 10 minutes of the accident.
Thomas was promptly taken to the hospital. He had no suffered any major injuries.
His wife Shija and Thomas work hard as daily labourers to make both ends meet. The couple has a daughter, Diya, who is ill. They have to find money for her treatment every month. Using their meagre income, Thomas was building his new house.
Thomas had a brush with death at the very site where his new home was being constructed. Thomas is grateful to all those who came to his rescue.