A humanitarian experience
I have seen on television how our Army, Air Force, Navy, Police
officers, doctors and nurses looked after our own innocent Tamil
brothers and sisters, their children who have been the unfortunate
victims of the blood thirsty ruthless LTTE cadres led by Prabhakaran.
The above personnel are Good Samaritans.
Today, I saw how well our humane doctors, nurses and the hospital
support staff perform their functions way beyond their call of Duty.
Indeed, I felt proud how these fellow human beings function with great
sympathy as if they were treating their own kith and kin.
Date - Saturday, March 7, 2009.
Place - Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo, Ward 10.
Doctor Nandadeva Jayatilleke, Superintendent of Police Medical
Officer in charge of Police Hospital Kundasale, Kandy, my nephew, gave
me a call and informed, his son Harindu, while playing in an Under 13
International Schools Cricket Tournament in Colombo, sustained an injury
to his leg and he underwent surgery at Lady Ridgeway Hospital and is
warded at Ward Number 10.
My wife and I rushed to the hospital to see our Grand Nephew. In the
adjoining bed there was a weak, child about two and a half years of age
by the name Radhan, a victim of a recent brutal LTTE attack in
Mullaitivu. He had sustained a very serious leg injury which needed
immediate surgery. This child who underwent surgery was howling in pain.
This was an unbearable sight for anyone.
I spoke to his father Ravindran, a farmer from Mullaitivu in Tamil
and asked him what happened? In tears he started relating his tragic
"Aiyya! we have undergone enough suffering at the hands of the LTTE
for many years. Your kind hearted Army Personnel rushed to our rescue as
if they came from heaven. About fifteen of us including my wife and
daughter were trying to leave Mullaitivu, to proceed to a safe area and
were about to alight a Army Red Cross vehicle, when we came under heavy
fire from the LTTE. My beloved wife got hit by a bullet and fell dead on
the spot. (For a moment poor farmer Ravindran could not control his
feelings, took a deep breath, raised his hands to the sky and cursed
Prabhakaran and started crying).
My seven year daughter also sustained minor injuries. She is now in a
refugee camp. As my son had a serious leg injury, he was transferred to
Colombo in an ambulance, day and night I am by the bedside of my son, he
is all the time asking for Amma, how can I give an answer to that
question. Aiyya, your doctors, nurses, all other staff at the LRH are so
kind and sympathic, they look after my son very well, I am ever grateful
to all of them."
The basket of fruits and the packet of biscuits we took for Harindu,
we gave it to innocent Radhan. He was happy and smiled. With difficulty
he opened the packet of biscuits and started munching a few biscuits at
It was one of the most pathetic sights we have seen. We gave his poor
heart broken father a substantial sum of money for his expenses, tears
began to roll down his cheeks. This may be one incident out of many
thousands who lost their entire future due to this brutal and
insensitive person Prabhakaran.
When I spoke to the doctors and other staff members of the ward they
told me there are many Tamil children hospitalised in other wards for
similar treatment sustained in recent LTTE attacks.
We must be really grateful to the Government for all the facilities
and the humanitarian facilities they provide for these unfortunate
victims of Prabhakaran.
I congratulate and pay my humble respects to all the Medical men and
women in this country and their support staff in looking after with much
care our own Tamil brothers and sisters, their sons and daughters. It is
indeed a meritorious act.
When I saw these dedicated committed medical personnel at Ward 10,
LRH Colombo, it reminded me and age old saying.
Greatness means to wear the crown of responsibility, whilst remaining
seated on the throne of humility.