Kunnamkulam: A 13-year-old boy turned Good Samaritan and offered help to take an injured person to hospital, while many others remained mute spectators to an accident that occurred near the Sakthan Thampuran bus stand here the other day.
Kannan, an eighth standard student of Holy Cross CBSE Senior Secondary School, Arthat, acted swiftly and rushed the victim, Kaniyambal Chemmannur Roy, in an autorickshaw to the taluk hospital with the help of the driver and another kind-hearted soul.
While the man lay writhing in pain, passers-by were busy recording the scene on their mobile phones.
According to the police, Roy lost balance and fell on the road from his scooter while giving way to a bus which was entering the main road from the terminal. He sustained head and leg injuries and was bleeding profusely, but none of the onlookers bothered to hire a vehicle or take him to hospital till Kannan intervened.
The incident took place around 8.30 am and Kannan, son of Sreedharan-Preetha couple of Pookkottil, Akathiyoor, was on his way to school. He picked up the scooter which was lying on the road all alone and tried to stop a passing autorickshw, but the driver sped sway.
He finally got support from a woman, incidentally a nurse working with a private hospital in the city. The two stopped an autorickshaw and with the help of the driver, they rushed the victim to the intensive care unit at the taluk hospital. The nurse, Shilpa, a native of Chowannur, also accompanied them.
One of Roy’s acquaintances alerted his family and Kannan left the hospital only after they reached the hospital. He was discharged in the afternoon after being administered first aid.
Kannan informed his teacher about the incident when the latter asked him about the reason for being late to school. A special assembly was called to appreciate his exemplary act. A meeting of the PTA committee was also convened to congratulate him.
After the classes, Kannan went to meet Roy at his house. He is an active member of the Malayala Manorama Nalla Paadam project.