Jeddah: A road accident last year changed the life of a poor Telangana NRI as he lost his right lower limb in it. The amputation followed by weeks of battling with an infected stump in addition to lack of funds for survival gave him a hard time. When he thought all was lost, doctors helped him gain mobility by fitting a light-weight endoskeletal prosthesis. When he was looking for help, the Telangana community came forward to help him.
Mohammed Younus (54), resident of Korutla town in Jagtial district, father of six children – four daughters and two sons- who worked as a driver in a private firm in Qatar, injured his knee while at job last year.
The injured driver had developed septic shock (a serious medical condition following an infection) necrotising cellulitis (bacterial infection), which required surgical removal of dead tissues and bone from injury to prevent the spread of infection. Since Younus was diabetic, his high blood sugar levels necessitated amputation.
The poor driver was discharged from the hospital after a month and half treatment and had taken rest at home for nearly six months to heal from amputation before inserting an artificial plastic leg.
Unable to move and work, without any money he experienced a great ordeal and psychological disorder in Qatar, according to sources. He was working only for the last four years with the current employer not having any significant end service benefit or entitlements.
Younus was covered under an insurance scheme that included permanent disability compensation. Since Younus was a diabetic patient, he was not fully covered under permanent disability compensation criteria, awarded a partial payment not full, sources added.
The Telangana NRI community living in the country came to aid Younus when he was desperately looking for help to return home with some money in hand.
Telangana Praja Samiti (TPS) headed by Tirupati Chenaveni and Telangana Welfare Association headed by Khaja Nizamuddin handed over the monetary assistance of 10,000 and 7,000 Riyals respectively, prominent community worker Rajanimurty also contributed a fraction of amount to the cause. Altogether, compatriots handed over Rs. 3.5 lakhs to Younus within a short span of time to make return journey to home.
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