Stories of callous autorickshaw drivers abound. But seven auto drivers in Shimoga showed their humane nature when they queued up to donate blood and save the life of a poor man who they did not even know.
Auto driver Allah Baksh saw a woman crying by the side of the road on Sunday. The woman, Reshma, confided in him that her husband Mohammad Shafi had been admitted to a local hospital with dengue and urgently required blood.
Responding quickly to the situation, Baksh, the head of the local auto drivers’ association, called his fellow members.
He told Express, “When I explained it to some of our association members, we all decided to donate blood to save the life of a person. Santhosh, Nasir Khan, Sadiq, Raghavendra, Arjuna, Mohammad Rasool and Pradeep came forward to donate blood and rushed to the blood bank. Now, we have the satisfaction that we helped a person whose life was at risk.”
Thanking the young auto drivers for their timely help, Reshma told Express, “The almighty has helped us in the form of these donors to save my husband’s life.”
Shafi and Reshma, along with four children from Tumkur, went to their relatives’ house in Tiptur. Shafi was down with fever and, on diagnosis, came to know that he was suffering from dengue.
Seeking medical treatment and help, Reshma came to Shimoga and approached her relative Sameer Ahmed, an auto driver, and was admitted to a private hospital on July 13. On Sunday morning, when the doctor asked Reshma to bring five packets of 40 ml platelets, she was clueless about what to do.
She went near the house of Ahmed and was weeping, when Baksh came by and spotted her. The secretary of the blood bank, Mallikarjuna, said, “About 350 ml of blood is needed to get 40 ml platelets. As the patient required five packets, we needed about seven packets of blood. Seven auto drivers donated blood, which was a very noble act,” he said.
Sharing their experience, Santhosh said, “We auto drivers do many such services to the society, but most of the time, we are looked down upon because of the attitude of a few.”