In midst of returning home to the town of Bengaluru, Harish Nanjappa met an unfortunate end. While on motorcycle he was struck by a truck which left him cut in half, bleeding out in the middle of the roadway. The impact was so great that Nanjappa found himself knocked off the bike and dragged under the wheels of the moving vehicle.
Unbelievably, Nanjappa remained conscious throughout the entire tragic event and flagged down a nearby car to help him. The Indian Express reported the bleeding man lay on the side of the road for more than 15 minutes before an ambulance arrived.
“When we reached the hospital he was still conscious – even then he insisted that his organs be donated,” the ambulance driver stated to the Indian Express. Unfortunately Nanjappa died on arrival. Dr. Bhujand Shetty spoke to the Times of India recalling, “We’ve collected Harish’s eyes as he was keen on donating his organs.
It’s astounding how a man who was split into two and lying on the road was able to think with such clarity. It’s unheard of.
He did not suffer head injuries because he was wearing a helmet.” Dr. Ajit Benedict Rayan, medical director of HOSMAT Hospital, explained the severity of Nanjappa’s injuries which lead to his tragic death. “The injury he suffered is called a crush injury, in which a person’s bones, muscles, blood vessels and skin are separated from the body,” he said. “It is inhuman that so many vehicles passed by.
Despite a Supreme Court order, people still refuse to help accident victims. It was heroic of Harish to think of donating his organs to help others even as he lay in the middle of a road.”
Nanjappa had just recently moved back to his hometown to try and support financially his mother. Chandrappa, Nanjappa’s uncle told the Express, “We had all gone to Harish’s village on Saturday to vote in the local elections and were scheduled to return soon after casting our votes. But his mother requested Harish to stay back and help her complete harvesting rag.”
The driver of the truck has been taken into custody and charged with causing death by reckless driving.