For the families of two Kerala doctors killed in the Nepal earthquake, the tragic news came after a flicker of hope that they were alive.
Since Saturday when the quake hit, they believed Dr Deepak Thomas (25), a native of Kannur, and Dr A S Irshad (24) of Kasargode had escaped the calamity. Another doctor Abin Suri (25) survived with injuries.
On Tuesday, when relatives of Dr Thomas and Dr Irshad reached Kathmandu, based on reports that they had left the hospital after first aid, they could not find them. Their bodies were later found at the mortuary.
The three doctors belonged to the same batch of a medical college in Kozhikode and had completed their MBBS in 2013. They were slated to join PG progammes at different hospitals next month.
As the three had gone to Nepal from Delhi via road, their families could not get any information about them from a travel agency or any other sources.
Dr Thomas’s uncle Kalappurakkal Alex said the three had reached Kathmandu on Saturday morning. “Official sources and reports claimed Suri was seriously injured and others escaped with minor injuries. Everyone believed that information… We waited for their calls for three days. Eventually some relatives left for Kathmandu. Even until Tuesday afternoon, we thought both Irshad and Thomas were safe,’’ said Alex.
Irshad’s family said the doctor got married six months ago.
Suri was found buried under concrete slabs of a hotel, where the trio stayed. A photograph published in The New York Times showing Suri being was pulled out helped his family in Kerala track him.