Father of Indian medical student killed in Ukraine

The father of the Indian medical student killed in Ukraine has decided to donate his son’s remains for medical research. Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagodar, 21, was a student at the Kharkiv National Medical University in the city of Kharkiv, which witnessed indiscriminate shelling by Russia.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, forcing thousands of Indians, mostly students, to flee the former Soviet nation.

Naveen was reportedly killed while queuing to buy food when a shell landed near him. He was one of 18,000 students who went to Ukraine to study medicine.

“My son wanted to achieve something in the medical field, it didn’t happen. At least his body can be used by other medical students for studies. That’s why at home we have decided to donate his body for medical research.” Shankarappa told ANI news agency.

Naveen’s body will arrive in Bengaluru on March 21. Naveen resided in Haveri district in Karnataka and the state government gave the family Rs 25 lakh and promised employment to a family member.

“My son’s body will reach Bengaluru on the 21st at 3 a.m. From there the body will reach our village at 9 a.m. Then we will perform puja as per Veera Shaiva tradition. Then we will keep it for view from the public and then we will donate the body to SS Hospital, Davanagere, for medical studies,” Shankarappa said.

“We got the message from Haveri District Collector’s Office and also got the message from Emirates Flight Service. At least we are happy now that our son’s body is brought back. The CM spoke to me and expressed his gratitude to me. He also said he would come to Bengaluru airport and to the village as well. He said he would talk to me later in the evening,” the father added.

(Edited by : Thomas Abraham)

First post: STI


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