Coping up with loss

avinashTuesday, September 15, 2015

We have all experienced loss in different spheres of our lives. Where some lost their loved ones, favorite things, and in this process of losing, some ended up losing themselves! Today I want to draw your attention to losing a loved one and its dire consequences. A devastating tragedy indeed of an unfortunate couple losing their only beloved son. From the beginning we have all been taught and told that death is a phenomenon that cannot be prevented or stopped, but today after the incident that took place in Delhi due to sheer carelessness and insensitivity of the medical authorities, I believe that sometimes death can be prevented if a person gets sufficient medical care on time. I personally believe that this is not fate , this is irresponsibility because one hasn’t tried his/her level best to save the life of a young boy barely 7yrs of age, who lost his life suffering from Dengue a disease which is curable if diagnosed and medicated on time. Avinash Rout was his name an extremely talented and capable boy who was loved, liked and admired by his parents, teachers and friends. But the bad news hasn’t ended here.. After the unexpected death of Avinash his parents couldn’t take the trauma and committed suicide by jumping from the terrace of the building they lived in. So here we have lost three lives because of the lack of concern and alertness of people and why I am saying that is because Avinash wasn’t taken to one but five hospitals and still ended up losing his life, because he was refused admission. It was an extremely emotional moment when the Principal of  the Sahodya School in South Delhi asked the students of his class ‘’who is Avinash Routs friend?’’ and the entire class of 39 students raised their hands without any hesitation, which rarely happens in today’s schools. A boy who was and will be remembered for times to come for his intelligence, innocence and for being the one who never complained for anything at all, say his teachers.  Contentment with what one has is not a quality seen in most of the individuals today and I personally salute this boy of 7 for not being like others and that is what makes him special and a class apart. While speaking about Avinash, his class teacher, Sister Prabha, took out his notebook: revision tests with full marks; a drawing of a traffic signal with red, yellow and green lights; a labelled sketch of the human face, again full marks. A boy with a bright future, brought up with lots of love and a strong emphasis on moral values left us with memories of pride and at the same time with a lot of sorrow. Today was declared a holiday due to his sad demise in his school. I really hope and pray that Avinash and his parents are in a happier place and may their souls rest in peace. As far as medical authorities are concerned strict action should be taken against the hospitals who rejected Avinash due to the lack of beds. One can understand some of the pressures,  but each and every hospital had the capacity of making alternative arrangements. The Hospital authorities should seriously introspect. There is no way now that this tragic event can be reversed or changed but the only way one can do justice to Avinash and his family is by making sure that such a big crime shall not be repeated again.

By writing this article today I pay a tribute to him and this is the least I can do.

Remember we live life only once, and it is critically important to live it well for yourself and for others…

So stay empathetic and pay it forward…

Signing out

The Girl in Vogue…

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