Antony had his own dreams which he never expected to shatter. That was what happened eleven years back when he fell down from a three storeyed building while at work. His spine was fractured leaving him paralyzed from waist down.
The fateful incident happened when he was working in a school building.As the school building was not insured, the school authorities did not provide him any assistance. " They promised me to help.But later they washed their hands off from the responsibility," Antony said.
Later he was taken to many hospitals for hospitals like Medical college, Thrissur, Edappally Kochi Spine Hospital, Cherthala, Thrippunithura Ayurveda hospital, but to no avail." I was the only bread winner of my family and my mother is seventy five years old and that she was not in a position to lend any substantial help. It was too difficult for her to take me for treatment. Besides, she is an ashtma patient," he said.
Most of the hospitals he approached are of the opinion that a surgery could give some relief to his woes." I am struggling hard to earn my bread and butter every day. A surgery is something which I cannot think at this point of time. Besides, I had taken loans for my treatment. It also has to be repaid," he said.
Antony said that what he now badly needs is an alternative for a descent living. " I have been bed ridden for the past eleven years.Last year, I married, because my mother is not at all in a position to take care of me and she is also ailing from many diseases. Hence, my wife has to take care of me and my mother. Owing to this, she also could not go work.The only money I am getting is the pension for disabled, which is of Rs 300. There are no other sources of income available for us, now. Our neighbours and other people do help us occasionly. But we can't live like this for a long time. So I am planning of opening a grocery shop for which I need financial assistance."
Antonty also said that he badly needed help as the living life each day has become a burden.” I have knocked several doors. But all my pleas fell on deaf ears. I was hoping to receive some kind of monetary assistance when this article gets published,” he said.
Those who would like to extend any support can contact him on this number 8893009044
P A Antony
Nayarambalam P O
A T H West, Ernakulam
P O 682509