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Bodies of two Kerala doctors killed in Nepal quake reach Delhi

The bodies of two young Malayali doctors, Deepak Thomas and AS Irshad, both 25, who were killed in the earthquake that wracked Nepal, have finally reached Delhi.

Earlier, there were misleading reports that the two doctors were safe in a Red Cross camp. But that, unfortunately, was not to be. Their families, who had flown to Kathmandu, identified the bodies in the mortuary of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital on Tuesday.

Thomas, Irshad and their friend Abin Suri went to Nepal on holiday before joining their MD courses in May. They became friends while studying at the Kozhikode Medical College.

Suri has survived the quake but is suffering from renal complications. He was airlifted to AIIMS, Delhi, for treatment on Wednesday.

It was a New York Times photograph that helped Suri's family trace his whereabouts two days ago. The photograph on the NYT website was of a person being rescued from a mount of debris in Kathmandu. Suri's family recognised it was their boy. They then contacted the photographer Thomas Nybo who assured that their son was alive and directed them to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital where he was being treated.

Bodies of Irshad and Thomas will be flown from Delhi to Bangalore and then to their home towns.

Irshad belonged to Kasaragod and was working at the Mananthavady District Hospital. He was to be married in June.

Thomas, who was from Kannur, was working at a primary health centre in Edavaka.

Irshad had got admission to the MD course in pediatrics at the Dibrugarh Medical College, Thomas was to join the Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai. Abin is scheduled to leave for the Kolkata Medical College to specialise in radiodiagnosis once he recovers.

The trip to Nepal was supposed to be one final adventure together before they went their separate ways.

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