Boy becomes a 'hero' in his village after saving a drowning toddler in Alappuzha
Villagers crowded in front of Cherukode house to get a glimpse of Sunil, the boy who rescued a drowning toddler from a pond. When Sunil woke up in the morning, he was quite surprised to see a stream of villagers who have assembled in front of his house on Monday.
Eight-standard student Sunil and his uncle Balu had miraculously rescued Noushad's two-and-a-half-year-old baby on Sunday. When they were riding on a bicycle, they noticed a strange thing moving on the pond near the road. At first they thought it was a fish. On a closer look, they noticed it was a toddler and Sunil immediately jumped into the pond followed by his uncle.
The two brought the baby ashore. When the news widely spread on social media, people from nearby districts rushed to see him.
Sunil is a student of Muhamma AB Vilasam Higher Secondary School. The school authorities were waiting for Sunil in the school assembly to give a rousing welcome on Monday. But Sunil did not reach the school assembly. When teachers and other staff enquired about Sunil, they found that he was bedridden in his house. Immediately the school authorities, teachers and a team of police personnel from Muhamma police station and others swarmed his house. They took Sunil to school as his school mates were waiting for him.
Friends shocked to see the plight of his house
When Sunil’s friends arrived to see him, they were shocked to see the plight of his house. A house with a single room with no doors and windows and no proper furniture too. The house is named after his grandmother. His father abandoned the family two years ago. He resides in this small house with his brothers Sudheesh, Sudhan and Sukanya, mother Kaveri and grandmother Sarasu.
School teachers, friends, others visit house
Sunil’s family belongs to a nomadic community but settled here for decades. His grandmother is a palmist. Their bread and butter comes from the hard earned money earned by his mother who sells butcher knives.