“This pain is unbearable. Please sedate me,” autorickshaw driver Younis Ali, 24, who was injured in an accident told a nurse treating him at the Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital when Express visited him on Monday evening.
Ali was injured when his auto was hit by a speeding SUV (Audi Q7) on M G Road in the wee hours of June 2. The auto was virtually tossed into the air and Deepak, one of the passengers was killed. The SUV driver Rajesh Reddy L, 20, was arrested and he is now in judicial custody.
As Ali is waiting to be operated on his tibia and femur bone (leg and thigh), his mother Ameena Taj, who is sitting next to his bed, is worried.
“Sometimes, he suddenly wakes up and asks for painkillers as he can’t bear the pain,” Taj told Express.
The accident has hit the family hard as Ali is the only earning member in the house.
“I had to mortgage my jewellery to get some money to take care of the family and Ali’s treatment as we have not got any help from anyone,” she said.
Just when the mother was explaining the financial difficulties, Additional Commissioner (Traffic) M A Saleem arrived at the hospital to meet them and handover over two cheques of Rs 25,000 and Rs 27,000 given to him by philanthropists.
Ali had taken to auto driving as the income he was earning from selling copper extracted from the cables which he bought from the scrap market was not sufficient to take care of his family.
“My father married another woman a few years ago leaving us. I have the responsibility of my family. So apart from selling copper in the day, I used ride auto at night. I am worried about the owner of the auto because I had taken it on rent,” he said. Ali has two children - a boy and a girl.
Resident Medical officer of Bowring Hospital Dr S Rajanna said there is no complication.
On Tuesday, a team of orthopaedic surgeons will operate on his tibia and fix it, later one more operation on femur bone will be performed, he added.