People generally don't have a good opinion about potholes. Not only are they eyesores, but they're terrible for the people who have to drive over them. At best, they give a bump to everyone in the car, but at worst, they can cause some serious damage.
However, in a very rare moment, a pothole actually had a positive effect on the people who had to hit it, potentially bringing a man back to life with its force.
Unheard Of Possibility
In an amazing, miraculous coincidence, an elderly man was shocked back to life when the ambulance he was riding in had to be driven over some particularly harsh potholes.
Darshan Singh Brar was 80 years old when he seemingly passed away from a chest infection. He passed away at the hospital and was then transported to India's equivalent of a wake via ambulance, his friends and family had already gathered for a celebration of life banquet while they awaited his body's delivery. He was then set to be cremated.
A Sudden Shock
Now, Brar wasn't alone in this ambulance. His grandson departed the hospital with him, needing to take care of some logistics there before his body could be released, then remaining for the ride to the man's wake. While driving through Haryana state in North India, the ambulance hit a pretty bad pothole, shaking the whole vehicle and its inhabitants harshly.
That's when something amazing happened. After hitting the pothole, Brar's grandson noticed the man's hand moving. He checked his pulse and was shocked to find that his heart was beating again.
He quickly informed the ambulance driver to change their course and head to the nearest hospital. Once checked over, doctors declared him not only alive but also able to be saved.
As Balwan Singh, another of Mr. Brar's grandsons, told NDTV, "It is a miracle. Now we are hoping that my grandfather recovers soon."
"Everyone who had gathered to mourn his death congratulated us, and we requested them to have the food we had arranged. It is God's grace that he is now breathing and we are hoping he will get better."
Loved By Many
His resuscitation was seen as a blessing, not just because of how miraculous it was, but because of how cherished Brar was as a community member. One of his local peers in Nising shared that "an entire colony," equivalent to a neighborhood, was named after him.
His illness had originally overtaken him very quickly. By the time he went to the hospital, he had to be put on a ventilator right away and had been declared dead only four days afterward.
Both Good And Bad
Now? The doctors currently treating him have shared that not only has his heartbeat normalized and returned to full strength, but he's breathing without a ventilator, too. They're unsure why the first hospital had deemed him deceased, but they're focused on the present for now, focused solely on Brar's recovery.
His story is shocking, amusing, and emotional all at once. Next time you hit a rough pothole in your city, remember that, while they're usually annoying, they do serve some sort of accidental purpose. Sometimes.