Jeddah: An aged and ailing Hyderabadi, who was stranded in Saudi Arabia as result of being allegedly abandoned by his only son and, also due to expiry of his visa, was finally repatriated by Indian Embassy recently.
The 61-year old Mohammed Abdul Jabbar of Muradnagar in Hyderabad, was working in in a leading engineering consulting firm in Riyadh for last 30 years. His misery began after the end of the service. His health started to deteriorate and he suffered a multiple-organ failure as he was an acute diabetic.
On other hand, he had some disputes with the sponsor, he was notified as ‘Huroob’ and subsequently his ‘Iqama’ was expired. Jabbar was admitted to a private hospital in Riyadh on March 8, 2019 in emergency ward since then he remained there. His medical bill mounted up to 350,000 Saudi Riyals, equivalent to approximately Rs 66 Lakh.
There were hardly anyone to take care of him in Riyadh or in Hyderabad and a distraught Jabbar found no help. His had expired and his adopted son was reluctant to take responsibility of him, according to the people who are familiar with the case.
Also, unable to pay the medical bill, Jabbar found himself in a tight situation.
The Telangana community came to know about his plight and the Telangana NRI forum President Abdul Jabbar, known as Jabbar Anna, and others approached the hospital several times requesting for the waiver of the hospital bill.
After long negotiations, the hospital management has waived the bill barring 23,000 Saudi Riyals, out of which 18,000 Saudi Riyals were paid by Indian Embassy and the Telangana NRI forum paid 5000 Riyals”, said Jabbar. The misery of ailing Jabbar had not ended there as question arose about where to send him.
Ultimately, they could convince Shifa Ullah Old Age Home in Hyderabad to take care of him with the support of Telangana NRI forum. Finally, the Indian embassy got him an exit visa for ailing Jabbar, besides providing stretcher ticket to Hyderabad by Air India flight and patient was escorted by a Malayali social worker of KMCC Riyadh chapter.