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Leh aftermath: Jawan reunited with miracle child

Last Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 18:06

Leh: The two-and-half-year-old miracle baby
of the Leh cloudburst, who survived slush and boulders, has been
reunited with her father, who incidentally is an Army jawan
posted in the ice cold Siachen region.

Deldan Anjmo was found floating in the
water by the Army jawans with her eyes and mouth full of slush
at about six in the morning on August 6 after the cloudburst
triggering flash floods caused havoc the intervening night in
the worst hit Choglamsar.

"She was such a cute girl and was brought in with
injuries on her face. Her mouth and eyes were full of slush.
She is a miracle girl because she managed to stay alive in
spite of all the ice, mud and water around her. Though on one
hand I was happy that she was alive, I wondered whether her
parents were all right," said Col Anurag Khanna, Commanding
Officer, Army General Hospital.

It was later during the day that the Army got to know
from a local that her mother Tsering Dolma also survived the
ordeal and was being treated at a makeshift hospital set up by
the ITBP.

Deldan was reunited with her mother only late in the
night. Tsering Dolma was not able to speak anything and it was
only on Saturday afternoon that she told the doctors that her
husband was an Army jawan named Tsering Dorjey posted in

Messages were quickly transmitted and within time, Dorjey
was given the message that all is well with his family.

Even though his leave was instantly sanctioned so that he
could tend to his family, the weather at Siachen marred any
helicopters’ landing. So he remained stuck. It was only on
Wednesday that Dorjey was able to get out and reach his

"When I heard about the news, I was very worried about
my family as they stayed in Choglamsar which is the worst
affected. After being told that they are in the Army Hospital,
all I wanted was to get back and hold my girl in my arms,"
Dorjey said.

Sitting in the Army Hospital besides his wife and holding
Deldan in his lap, Dorjay said, "My love for the Army has
increased more since they saved my family at a time when I
could not."


First Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 18:06

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