Minor boy turns coolie worker to look after bedridden father
Thrissur: Shinto, a 17-year-old boy, has been working as a coolie worker to look after his bedridden father. Four years back, Shinto's father Shaijan suffered severe injuries after a speeding car collided with his autorickshaw.
The car owner requested the family to not file a complaint against him as he had to fly abroad the next day. He also promised that he will bear all medical expense of Shaijan. Though the family believed his words, he cheated them.
Now, Shaijan's life is confined to his bed with an amputated leg at his rented house. His son was forced to quit his studies to make the ends meet.
Shaijan who was driving an autorickshaw on rent met with the accident on October 24, 2017. A car collided with his autorickshaw near Nedupuzha retreat centre. He suffered a spinal injury after the autorickshaw overturned. The doctors declared that he will recover after taking complete bed rest for 4 months.
Meanwhile, the car owner involved in the accident approached the family requesting not to lodge a complaint. He offered all support to meet the medical expense too. Trusting his words, Shaijan didn't file a complaint. After settling the hospital bills, the man disappeared.
Though Shaijan took complete rest, he continued to suffer the problem on his spinal cord. Within a few days, he got completely bedridden. Following the accident, he started to suffer many diseases. One of his legs got amputated due to an infection.
Shaijan's son Shinto was forced to search for a job before completing SSLC to make the ends meet. Along with studies, he started doing a couple of jobs including newspaper distribution and so on. Though he scored good marks, he failed to continue his studies. At present, he is engaged in plumbing and electrical wiring works.
"We have to pay a monthly rent of Rs 500 for the house. Father needs medicine worth Rs 3000 every month," said Shinto who has been working without taking even an off day to meet the expenses.