A modern, Muslim Good Samaritan
This is a beautiful story!
Miraculous survival, amazing courage
Published Date: March 2, 2011
Sitting on a hospital bed with an amputated leg, Father Arpit is a picture of fortitude and courage.
Filled with new zeal and enthusiasm to live life afresh, the Indian Missionary Society priest says he feels more strong and encouraged than ever before.
His face betrays the travails he underwent following a bizarre train accident. It was indeed a miracle. The 32-year old bore adversity of the kind one would have read of only in fiction books.
On the morning of January 9, Father Arpit was travelling from Tilhar in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjehanpur district to Bareily to catch a connecting train to New Delhi. While boarding the train his bag got entangled to the door which slammed on him as the train negotiated a curve and he was thrown off.
He lay in a pool of blood, his right leg crushed and the left benumbed yet with a prayer on his lips he managed to move away from the track and pull out his mobile from his bag to inform his community as onlookers turned a blind eye.
It was not the horrific accident that pained him but man’s inhumanity towards man. Says the 32-year-old priest, “Lying between two tracks bleeding profusely, I cried for help but it evoked no response. Track mentors gave me a couldn’t-care-less look and moved away.”
Writhing in pain, he tried to contact his community members but they were attending the Eucharist. Finally a Muslim contractor came to his help and informed nuns about his condition.
Help came 40 minutes later by then the young priest had lost precious amount of blood. But his never-die spirit saw him achieve an uphill task.
“I consider it a miracle because I was fully conscious although I was in a pool of blood. I am alive today because God has a plan for me. He wants to communicate something through this accident. He gave one more chance to live,” he told CRIB from his hospital bed in New Delhi.
“I remember my fall. I felt I was pulled out by God than being crushed under the wheels. Now I realize that any tragedy in one’s life is a lesson with a message. God’s ways are not that of humans. We cannot question God. He is our creator. Trust in his providence,” says the lucky survivor.
Now I would ever strive to be a good Samaritan always, he says adding “anywhere in a street when someone is in need have a look. He/she is your brother/sister.”
Laying new tracks and running fast trains are not the only duties of the Railways. Saving lives without any loss of time is one of them too because not all the victims may have the amazing will power Father Arpit displayed. Hope the Indian Railway authorities are listening.