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Terror claimed her husband, now her son

Terror claimed her husband, now her son

Author: Radha Sharma
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 1, 2008

His heart-rending wail will be heard no more. Rohan Vyas (12) is dead. The hopes of his family now hang precariously on his younger brother Yash (9), who misses Rohan on the bed alongside him but is unaware that he died on Thursday.

The Vyas family witnessed Rohan taking his last gasps of breath minutes after they returned from the 'besna' (death ceremony) of the boys' father Dushyant Vyas. Dushyant, an employee of the cancer department at Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital, and his sons were badly burnt in the powerful blast that ripped through the hospital's trauma centre on Saturday.

Doctors were seen consoling the heartbroken Vyas family, saying they were making their best efforts to save little Yash. Dushyant had bought a secondhand bicycle for his sons on Saturday and the boys were taking their first riding lessons in the hospital compound when the car bomb went off.

With 70% burns, Rohan had been put on a ventilator as he could not breathe on his own. Soon his condition deteriorated and he succumbed.

With her husband and elder son dead, a stunned Geetaben could not take her eyes off her younger child Yash, who suffered 50% burns, on Thursday. He slept after his lunch of dal and rice but not before inquiring about Rohan. His uncle Dharmesh, not having the heart to relay the grim news, lied to him, saying that Rohan would return soon.

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