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'Doctors and staff are the real jigarwale'


Abdur Sheikh’s teenager son was admitted on the day of his second-last SSC paper.

Where most people would throw in the towel, a father and son from south Mumbai, who had shriveled Covid-19 inside days of each other, held speedy to their self-confidence and religion to struggle the fatal illness. They have been each cured and discharged recently from Kasturba Hospital.

Abdur Rehman Abdul Gani Sheikh, a 45-year -old garment dealer examined positive and was rushed to Kasturba on March 19. In the next two days, his teenage son Sheikh Affan Abdul Rehman shriveled the virus quickly and was rushed to the health facility on the second-last day of SSC tests. They have been admitted to the same ward. While the father was discharged on March 31, the son was sent domestic on Sunday.

“Other people assume they'll not make it. Corona is not a dying sentence. You simply want self-confidence,” remarked Sheikh.

He says the primary few hours after hospitalisation was the one nerve-racking period for him. “After I saw different sufferers consuming their meals and not using a care, I eased up. I informed myself I simply must apply the security measures. I assumed that if Allah had put me on this situation, he will additionally get me out of it,” he said.

The ward had round 25 sufferers, each male and female; the ladies’s phase separated through a partition. Sheikh recollects a female affected person who was admitted past due one night. “She cried the entire night. The subsequent morning, I tried to talk her out of her concern. I informed her that crying would sap her power and self assurance would help her struggle. That cheered her up. She was in a position to make friends,” he said.

Sheikh’s family supplied him clothes and home-cooked meals. The ward had common washroom and bathroom amenities for women and men. “There have been five shower cubicles and just one bucket for 25 folks. That was just a minor inconvenience, but later MLA Ameen Patel supplied buckets and tumblers. We washed our personal clothes and people who wore health facility clothes had to give it to the bathing staff. The docs and nurses sat behind a wall which had a pitcher window for verbal exchange. There was common cleaning of the ward. The docs and the staff are the true ‘jigarwale’ (brave) who perform their responsibility in this type of pandemic,” he said.

When Shekh’s son came in, he authorised it as god’s will. “I used to be relieved that a minimum of he was in entrance of my eyes. My son was amused. He stored asking why he was there when he didn't have any drawback.” Sheikh said the health facility didn't expose the periodic take a look at results. “All the sufferers instructed them, but the docs simplest said we might be discharged once we take a look at unfavourable. They didn't even inform me my son’s reviews.”

The father-son pair spent their time reading the Quran and acting namaaz. “The simplest time my son cried was when I used to be discharged before him. I refused to depart, but the docs said I used to be unfavourable and may just contract it again if I stayed,” he said.


Sheikh, who was called ‘mullahji’ in the ward, made many friends driven through compassion in that adversarial time. “There have been Punjabis, Jains, Marathis and one Christian couple. Religion was never a barrier. We shared end result and home-cooked meals.. During prayer, one Hindu affected person would stand behind me with folded arms. He would ask, ‘Mullaji kya aapne mere liye dua ki? (Did you pray for me?). I even spoke to his family on video call. The sufferers now have a WhatsApp staff they usually greet me with ‘just right morning mullahji’,” Sheikh recalled warmly.

When his son came domestic on Sunday, the family dispensed food to the poor.


Asked if he was having a look ahead to the last pending Geography board paper, Affan said, “The date has not been announced. I will start finding out after they declare the date.”


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