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India: Kerala couple present gold ring to bus crew member who saved son's life.

Thiruvananthapuram: A couple in Kerala gave a gold ring to a man who works as ticket checker in a private bus, in gratitude for the latter's timely role in saving their son's life.

The road accident happened a few days ago at Olassa near Kottayam when two bikes collided, seriously injuring Ebin Elias (24), son of Alexander Elias and Bina, residents of Aymanam.

While Ebin Elias lay on the road with serious injuries to his head and bleeding from his mouth, none of the bystanders took the initiative to rush him to hospital. Local media reported some bystanders even took pictures of the seriously injured youth on their mobile phones.

A traffic jam soon ensued. When the private bus (M.A.) ticket checker P.H. Kochumon got to know of the accident, he got down of the bus and rushed to Elias' aid, flagged down an autorickshaw and rushed the boy to hospital.

Kochumon was helped in his efforts by the bus driver Santosh Babu and the bus conductor Aniyan. The trio rushed Elias to hospital, where doctors the youth injured in his head and jaw. They said there was a haemorrhage, and that Elias' life was saved because he was brought to hospital in the nick of time.

Elias underwent a five-hour surgery that brought him back to life, and has since been shifted to his house, where he is taken care by his doctor-sister Angel Merin. After his condition improves, Elias is scheduled to undergo another operation.

Elias' parents Elias Sr and Bina said they were grateful to Kochumon for and the bus crew which helped saved their son's life, and decided to gift him a gold ring.

Road accidents claim roughly 4,000 lives every year in Kerala, and over 10 times that number of people are injured in mishaps. Kerala director general of police repeated this week that police would continue to be stringent in stopping two-wheeler riders who travel without helmets.

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Date:Aug 16, 2015
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