We are all conversant with the ‘never say die’ spirit of Mumbai. And this spirit is evident in all its streets, the daily quest of the commuters to get to their respective destinations well in time and then the same people trying to make ends meet to fall in line with Darwin’s ‘Survival of the fittest’ theory. But what if you have a family to run and then worse, your spouse gets bedridden all of a sudden and now you have an added predicament to deal with in your life?
Meet Mohammed Saeed, who is a resident of Versova village, has been compelled to carry his son wherever he plies his autorickshaw in this roasting heat, considering his wife has been paralysed due to a stroke. Turns out, Saeed’s life has now taken a drastic turn and has now left him with no other option but to drive around carrying his son along while his 3-month old daughter is in the care of his neighbour.
He is the sole member in the house who has to shoulder the entire household responsibility. Saeed, who drives an autorickshaw, pays a daily rent of Rs. 400 for it. Although his wife has been discharged from hospital, he needs to visit her every two hours to ensure that she is fed properly and has popped her meds.
Saeed manages to earn 400 to 600 rupees a day. He says he will get his wife treated at a public hospital when he has enough funds.He says even if the treatment at public hospitals is free, he will end up paying at least 1000 rupees a day.
Saeed’s predicament has been brought to light by film director Vinod Kapri after which he got a number of calls from people who were ready to offer help. Check out what he tweeted
People go distances for their family and this is a heart-melting story of a man who is working hard to make sure his family is taken care of. Mumbai Live salutes Saeed.