Homeless people aren't exactly a rare sight in India. While most of us turn a blind eye, this woman from Kuwait showed compassion towards one such man lying distressed on a Mumbai street.
On a recent visit to Mumbai, Shaheen Sayyed from Kuwait, was travelling from Malad to Meera Road in an auto with her daughter. At a signal in Borivali west, she spotted a homeless man lying on the footpath. Eating coconut shells, he was in a pitiable condition. Shaheen, extremely disturbed by that sight, looked for homeless rehabilitation centres in the city that whole night. She managed to contact someone who suggested she call 108 and report what she had seen.
She immediately called 108 and within no time, a doctor was assigned. Though she couldn't meet the doctor, she ensured an ambulance was called soon and the man was taken to a municipal hospital in Kandivali. The man is now being treated there. However, there are a few formalities that have to be completed before he can be rehabilitated. This is what she said in a post she made on Facebook:
What can you do if you see a homeless person with a mental or unhealthy condition:If you see any homeless Man/Women on the street of Mumbai, India please instead of giving them some money or food give a call to 108 for medical assistance.
I saw a homeless man on the street of simkoli signal in Borivali (west) Mumbai. He was weak, almost naked and eating coconut shells. I wanted to help, so I reached home and googled, "what can I do to help the homeless in Mumbai". The search result showed up Abhishek Bharadwaj who suggested me to call 108, for assistance I gave them a call. I couldnt reach on time as I live faraway from borivali. The ambulance reached with Dr shika, at the site and informed me they couldnt find him. Getting into an argument with Dr Shika, I was broken but with the support of my son Sahil Sayed We reached the place and did the needful again. We called 108 again and an ambulance arrived after waiting for hours. We then called 100 for police assistance. We took him to the nearest hospital(Shatabadi Muncipal Hospital) in Kandivali( West) He is now admitted in the hospital for treatment and his condition now is stable.
I thanks Dr Abdul Latif, Constable JB Rana and Amit parab of Borivali west Police station for helping me and the poor man.
This compassionate move by Shaheen is truly exemplary and we salute her for what she has done.