Flood rescuer who saved 35 lives loses eyesight in mishap during rescue
Chengannur: A man who risked his life during the flood havoc that devastated Kerala last month saved about 35 lives, is facing a deep crisis in his life.. Both his eyes are likely to lose vision completely following an accident amid the disaster.
Chengannur Kizhakke Nada native Sadasivan Nair alias Aniyan (58) joined the rescue operations in the late hours on August 15. He woke up as Keezhcherimel native Santhosh contacted him asking to help their family and others. About 35 people in the area including Santhosh’s family were rescued before August 16.
Amidst the rescue efforts, a sharp piece of wood brushed against his right eye resulting in a wound. He was soon admitted to Chengannur Taluk Hospital. Though he was discharged soon after dressing the wound, his eye swelled next day.
In a detailed check-up in Alappuzha Medical College, it was found that the optic nerve was damaged. The doctors also warned that the injury is likely to affect the vision of his left eye also, if proper treatment is not given.
Aniyan has no financial means to continue the treatment. The only property he has is the two-cent land where his house is built. Lottery selling and a small tea shop run in a portion of the house are the sources of income for the family which includes Aniyan, his wife Latha Kumari and their three children.
Their elder son Anukrishnan has completed his studies and is seeking a job. Younger son Aravind, a class 10 student, is speech impaired and he has to undergo a surgery soon. The youngest daughter Arya is a student of class 9. The family has no other means of income.