Shiva Choudary returns to mom’s safe hands
Kollam: A 19-year-old boy Shiva Choudary from Madhya Pradesh who reached Kerala after getting lost, met his mother after 6 months. Volunteers and social media helped the boy who failed to find his way back home.
On Friday, his mother arrived to take him back.Those who witnessed the reunion of the mother and son also went teary-eyed.
Like a kid, Shiva hugged his mother and lamented about his miserable days. His mother Madhu expressed gratitude with folded hands to all who helped to find her son.
Though the family had a happy reunion, Shiva is unaware of the demise of his father. His father passed away three months back. His father’s elder brother who accompanied his mother stated that Shiva will be informed about the death only after reaching home.
Tajuddin Chandanathoppu, district coordinator of Heartbeats Trauma Care, took Shiva to the camp of the vagabonds. He remembers how he found the migrant boy.
“About 11.30 pm on May 30, 2020, I got a phone call from ASI Santhosh Kumar in Kilikollur police station. As directed by the police officer, I reached a shop near Kandachila railway cross. I found Shiva sitting there with injuries. He was unable to open one eye and it was bleeding. He got injured when somebody pushed him. Later, I took him to the district hospital. He had undergone a COVID antigen test. After dressing his injuries at the hospital, I took him to the camp at Thevally Boys School,” he explained.
Shiva is the son of Suresh Kumar and Madhu at Paharua in Madhya Pradesh. He went missing from home 6 months ago. His parents searched for him before filing a complaint with the police. They also sought the help of acquaintances.
Shiva turned successful to reach out to his family with the help of a Civil Defence Volunteer at the camp. When the volunteer was checking his Facebook, Shiva took the phone and identified his brother’s Facebook account. Through the Facebook account of his brother, the volunteers contacted Shiva’s family.
His mother and uncle left for Kerala soon after receiving information about him. They also carried Shiva’s identity card and childhood photos to prove his identity. Kollam mayor Prasanna Ernest handed over Shiva to his mother.