Scrap seller who takes care of a paralysed migrant employee like a brother
Erumeli: Muhammad Sali is a scrap dealer but his helping mind shines better than gold. Sali is taking care of migrant labourer Shivaji who was working for him even after the Bihar native became partially paralysed.
Instead of trying to send Shivaji back to his native, Sali and his family are bearing the expenses of the migrant labourer’s treatment. Sali is also taking care of Shivaj’s family.
“I have financial problems and debts but i will do everything that I can to bring Shivaji back to normal,” said Sali. Shivaji also agrees that Sali is treating him more like a brother than an employee.
Shivaji and his wife Ramadevi came to Sali’s shop seven years ago. The migrant couple have three children. Shivaji soon became the proprietor of Sali’s scrap material shop located near Chembathunkal bridge. Ramadevi started working in a hotel owned by Sali’s relative.
Three weeks ago, Sali collapsed while segregating scrap items at the shop. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors said his blood pressure had shot up. Shivaji was taken to the Kottayam Medical College hospital.
Shivaji suffered a blood clot in his brain and required a surgery. As there were delays to perform the procedure at the medical college, Sali took Shivaji to a private hospital.
Shivaji spent 12 days at the hospital where Sali’s wife Sheeba assisted Ramadevi take care of her husband. So far Sali has spent around Rs 4 lakh for Shivaji’s treatment. Sali raised funds for Shivaji’s treatment by borrowing from friends and pledging gold.
After surgery, Shivaji became paralysed on his left side. He needs another surgery and physiotherapy to get back to normal life. Now Shivaji is staying in a single room next to Sali’s house. After Shivaji fell ill, Sali had closed the scrap shop. But he is determined to get Shivaji back to normal life.