Selvi Hembrom of the Prem Sagar Home of GEMS who is also a student of GEMS English School (Sikaria) met with a train accident on 4th April 2014, as she was boarding the train to go to her home after writing her 10th board exams. Her legs were severely hurt, suffered multiple fractures, operated & she is under treatment.
Selvi and her father Mr. Markus Hembrom were at the Bhaktiyarpur Station boarding the train to go to Katihar. As they were boarding the last bogie of the crowded general compartment of a train, Selvi slipped & fell and both her legs caught between the platform & the moving train’s steps, were badly hit and hurt. She was immediately rushed to Patna and was admitted at the Kurji Holy Family Hospital. In both her legs she was diagnosed with multiple fractures. Her severely wounded left leg was operated.
But due to infection in her legs and requiring tertiary care, Selvi was rushed to Kolkata by train on April 15th night and was admitted at Apollo Hospital. Though she had incurred multiple bone fractures and loss of flesh, her nervous system is safe and responsive. The wound in the left leg is severe and so the healing is slow and pus is also oozing out of both the legs. Her right leg was operated at Apollo as it was found to be twisted below the ankle. The wound in the left leg needs to heal and only then further surgery to the fractured bones is possible. Skin grafting may also have to be done later.
No sooner the accident occurred on 4th April, GEMS staff was sent to Patna for the support of family with the money required to meet the initial expenses in the hospital followed by the visit of Sis. Banu Dionel (Incharge-Social Services, Prem Sagar). Sis. Rashmi, a community development worker of GEMS is with Selvi at the Hospital. Since the expenses are already above the limits of the project (Selvi is a Compassion sponsored child), ways are contemplated regarding the future course of treatment.
Selvi is a godly child who is the eldest of the three girls of Mr. Markus Hembrom & Mrs. Ruth Rani Hembrom who serve in ‘Operation Mobilization’ (OM) as a missionary at Katihar (North East Bihar). She is also good at studies and is awaiting the results of the 10th board exams. She sings in the GEMS Choir and as a good singer is known for her songs in GEMS Media Ministry.
Her recently sung song is in tune to the words of Psalm 139, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (v. 13, 14 NKJV)
She also as a playback singer sang the theme song of a GEMS Documentary titled ‘Ignorance’ which was shot on the true life story of a polio affected child.
Pray for the complete recovery of Selvi and healing and restoration of both her legs; that she may be able to testify along with the Psalmist, “My frame was not hidden from You… Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:15a, 16).