A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.6 in the CBSE Class X board exams would put a smile on the faces of many students and their parents. Unfortunately, this is of little consolation for a Thane family who lost their daughter in a road accident last month.
In April, sixteen-year-old Kejal Pandey was riding pillion on a two-wheeler with her mother, when a car trying to overtake them knocked her off the vehicle. The accident left her with irreversible brain damage and she was declared brain dead.
Even as they were coming to terms with the tragedy, Kejal's family decided to donate her kidneys and liver. The donated organs helped save the lives of three people which included a 14-year-old child from Mumbra.
"It is so hard to get used to the fact that she is not here anymore. By donating her organs we feel like she's still alive and amongst us. We didn't have the heart to check her result," said Shyamakant Pandey, Kejal's father.
Kejal's younger brother has not yet come to terms with the death of his sister. "He still is not out of the shock. He keeps thinking about how supportive Kejal was for his studies," said Kejal's cousin, Pawan Kumar.
Family and friends remember Kejal, a student of Arunodaya Public School, Thane, as a girl who excelled not only in academics but also in sports, dance and other extra-curricular activities. Principal Madhuri Chandrashekhar remembered Kejal as one of her brightest students.
"She was an all-rounder and a very bright child. She has been with the school for several years and was always a very well-mannered child."
Madhura, a classmate and close friend of Kejal, said, "She died almost 10 days before her birthday. She was always full of life, entertaining everyone. She was my best friend and it is so hard to not have her around."
"She planned to take up commerce and become a Chartered Accountant. She was so firm about what she wanted and she always achieved it. She once told me she wanted to be successful and be the head of whichever firm she worked at. Sadly, it doesn't matter now," added her father. The story was really heart touching