Leh aftermath: Jawan reunited with miracle child
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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 Siachen.

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 family.

"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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