In the early hours of Feburary 15, 2014 we lost our only son Shekhar a young, dynamic boy of 13 yrs old to a terrible road accident and succumbed to it the following day. He was a student of Eighth standard in Delhi Public School.
We have been left devastated after this irreparable loss. Even as we go through this trauma we are trying to channelize all our emotions and have initiated to realize all our dreams and the aspirations of our son to bring about some positive changes in the society.
Through Shekhar Naidu Memorial Foundation (SNMF), which was officially launched on June 21, Shekhar's birthday, we want to do everything that was associated with Shekhar directly or indirectly. "It was on his insistence that we adopted twin girls in 2011, Sakshi and Sonakshi, who are now Four years old, meant the world to him. Hence SNMF will facilitate girl child education as well as adoption. Shekhar was an avid reader and has left hundreds of books, we will also start a free library.
We took voluntary retirement from highly demanding central government jobs to give time to our daughters. Currently I, Sanjay Naidu is working as National Manager, Moksh Agarbatti Co. Bangalore and my wife Lt. Col. (Retd) Shobha Naidu is Dy Director at Symbiosis, Pune.
Despite being just 13 yrs old, Shekhar was almost 6 ft tall and had a very healthy build. On weekends, he would get up at 4. 30 am to cycle around the society premise at Gini Sanskruti, Handewadi Road, Hadapsar. On February 15, he got up at 3.30 am and asked his mother if he could go cycling. Since it was Saturday, Shobha thought that he was going for his usual cycling, and said yes. However, his friend, who's a tenth grader, and he took my motorbike and went outside the society for a ride and met with an accident near Kirloskar Bridge, Hadapsar, at about 5 am. "For over half an hour, Shekhar was lying on the road in a pool of blood but no one came forward for help. An IT professional named Srinivas, who was driving by, saw the crowd. He took Shekhar to a nearby hospital; and it was him who informed my wife, calling her from Shekhar's mobile. Since I was in delhi then, my wife couldn't reach me on my cellphone; I got to know about Shekhar at around 10 am. After taking the earliest possible flight, I reached pune at 5 pm. The doctors had already performed brain surgery and other surgeries on Shekhar but since the injuries were serious, his chances of survival were marginal. Shekhar succumbed to injuries at 12.18 pm the next day.
At the hospital, while our world felt apart, we took the decision of donating our only beloved son's organs. A Persons eyes should be removed within four hours after dying. However, while the doctors insisted they couldn't remove organs without a police panchnama, the police officials were not keen on making the papers soon. When the panchnama was finally done, we had lost over three hours to all the chaos. That's when we contacted AFMC officials for speady process of postmortem and eye removal, who took very swift action, Not only did they remove the eyes on time but also performed two successful eye operations on Feburary 17 and 18, and transplanted one eye each on two visually challenged people. We are happy that two people are seeing the world through Shekhar's eyes. It is very disappointing that the apathy of the hospital and medical staff we forbade the donation of Lungs, kidney and heart.
Therefore SNMF will also be supporting eye and organ donation. On the day of launch on 21 June 2014, eye donation pledging camp as well as blood donation camp was held. Due to awareness created in Social Media, we have already received 1400+ registrations for eye donations. Through SNMF, we also plan to construct "Sonashray" the orphanage for miminum 50 kids and the oldage home for needy, With the Grace of God Construction started successfully and expect to be completed by June 2016.