After the disastrous train accident in Uttar Pradesh that took lives of almost 145 people and left over 200 injured on Sunday, doctors involved in the treatment of injured are helping survivors to reunite with their kin with the help of most popular instant messaging app WhatsApp.
Notably, many of the injured including kids have been separated from their families after rescue teams took them in different hospitals for treatment.
Following the derailment of the Indore Patna Express, the hospitals around Kanpur in UP got flooded with victims.
While many people were severely injured, few others were simply in a state of shock due to the loss of their relatives.
However, doctors apart from treating the patients are also putting effort to help survivors reunite with their family and relatives using WhatsApp. Basically, medics share pictures and other details of patients with other hospital on WhatsApp.
“We clicked [a photo of] every patient who came to our hospitals on our phone and immediately shared his, her name and identity on the group. This way, if anyone from his family or acquaintances was at the other hospital looking for him, we were able to unite them swiftly,” said A K Srivastava, a senior doctor at one of the local hospitals according to a news report in Daily Mail.
The accident that took place on Sunday is being termed as the worst train accident in the last half decade.
A survivor who was initially in trauma is an eight-year-old Sejal Yadav. Following her identification, her name and picture was sent to the WhatsApp group. Her brother then was able to track her down within hours.
“She was with her maternal grandfather and two uncles at the time of the accident. All three of them are dead and she doesn’t know this,” said her 18-years-old brother Rahul. “I don’t know what we can say or do after this. I hope that she recovers,” he added.