“A man with a road accident who has 33 wounds on his face, soaked in blood, is asking for help from those who come on the road, but no one stops for help in that dreadful deep rainy night of rainwater and flowing blood.”
It was difficult to differentiate. He was expecting help from every visitor on the lonely road.
This is a true incident that happened in 1999 with Subroto Das, who was suffering from such a tragic situation. Then he will do something to deal with such a helpless situation of the police station so that someone can get immediate relief in such a situation and save the victims from the accident.
This incident changed his life and he emerged as an angel for the road accident victims. In 2002, he started the country’s first emergency medical facility.
Earlier, Pune had ambulance facility only for cardiac (cardiac) emergency. Mr. Subroto Das formed the Lifeline Foundation, an NGO (NGO) and started on the Ahmedabad-Surat National Highway. Over time, expanding its service area, expanding across Gujarat, extending to a total of 5000 km in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala and West Bengal.
A contact number 9825026000 was started in 2002. For any help on the highways, this number can be contacted.
“Since its inception, the rescue operations have been carried out in more than 3500 serious accidents and evacuated more than 5000 seriously injured lives.” Mr. Subroto has put more emphasis on the use of ‘evacuation’ instead of ‘saving life’, because he believes that if the victim survives more than 7 days after the accident, then only life can be said to be saved.
The night of August 1999 that changed Subroto’s life. Mr. Subroto and his wife were returning to their home from Khambhat in a car with a doctor friend and colleague. “It was 1:30 in the night and my friend got a nap while driving the car at night. The car fell into a pit and crashed into a tree. It was like you see in a horror film as if the tree is running towards you, ”said Mr. Subroto Das.
It was a major accident. The glass of the car broke and bled Subroto Das’s face. None of the other passengers in the car were in a position to walk. For the next 4 hours, they kept trying to stop and help the vehicles, but no one came forward to help them. After four hours, a milkman going on a cycle stopped and he stopped a bus and helped them. Mr. Subroto Das and his wife say that no one has gone through the situation that they have faced.
They have partnered with hospitals that provide emergency vehicles to event sites without any major capital investment. “The attackers established networks with hospitals that send ambulances to accident sites. This leads to accident victims in hospitals and they also did not have to invest any capital to buy an ambulance.
Mr. Subroto Das says,
“My dream is to have a national emergency service that has such a universal number no matter who runs it, charitable institutions, corporate or fire brigade.” It should be accessible to all and provide standard services. And I will not sit peacefully until I have achieved this. “
p> He wanted a unified number for emergency services. The Gujarat Medical Services Act 2007 was created with this idea. Under this, 108 numbers were introduced, which is an integrated emergency number for accident victims. The NGO provides technical expertise to the government. “After this, we talked to start such service in other states of the country and today helpline number 108 is working in 26 states of India.” They told.
In an effort to smart city, Mr. Subroto Das is training 40% of Baroda residents for CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation) technique to provide relief to patients with a heart attack before reaching the hospital.
This year, Padma Shri was awarded the country’s fourth-highest civilian honour for this effort. So far, this attempt has saved the lives of 1,200 road accident victims.
Every one of us has faced some formidable situation at some point in life. But this is the call of humanity that we must make efforts to save that terrible situation for others. This effort by Subroto is a very admirable and exemplary for our society without deviations.