Shahnara Khatoon's leg was crushed by a speeding school bus on December 8 -- she was critical. But she could have never borne the cost of treatment -- not with the meager earnings of a domestic cook. That's when the good people of Gurgaon decided to chip in.
Sanjeev Kumar of Sector 47 kickstarted a Facebook campaign, and soon enough donations poured in. More than 10 individuals have come forward to help her, including Souniya Khurana, Hemant Kapani, Arash Mohammad, Faraz Khan and Dr Ashish Khare among others.
The post has been liked and shared by thousands of social media users.
Khatoon, a native of West Bengal, was hit by the school bus of KR Mangalam World School in front of Rail Vihar, Sector 56. The driver, later identified as Ravi Tyagi, fled the spot immediately in the bus.
The speeding bus that hit Shahnara Khatoon
Bleeding Khatoon was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), from where, after receiving the initial dressing, she was referred to the Civil Hospital of Gurgaon. It refused to admit her initially, but had to relent under public pressure. She is right now at Lifeaid Medical Centre in Sector 40.
In the wake of the Facebook campaign, the police, too, registered an FIR against the driver on December 12.
Kumar, thankful for the positive public response, said, "I want to particularly thank local BJP leader, Surajpal Ammu, who helped the victim to get admitted into the hospital. I am also grateful to all those who shared the post and made generous contributions."
Hemant Kapani, also a resident of Sector 47, and instrumental to the campaign, said, "She needs two units of blood a day for now, and we have started a social media campaign for it. I must mention Dr Ashish Khare, who is ready to operate the victim free of cost. We have collected more than a lakh so far."
ACP Manish Sehgal, PRO of Gurgaon police, said, "We have arrested the accused on December 12, and registered a case of rash and negligent driving against him. Investigation is under way, and we will soon question the school authorities."