Kerala mom travels 5400 kms to bring sick son back home

South India


Braving the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, a 50-year-old woman in Kerala travelled 5400 km crisscrossing seven states to bring her ill son, a BSF jawan in Jodhpur, back home.  

Sheelamma Vasan, a native of Panackachira in Koruthodu panchayat in Kottayam district, travelled 2,700km by car and another 2,700 by an ambulance. She returned with Arun, who was admitted to AIIMS, Jodhpur with myositis, a disease that affects muscles, on Thursday.

She was accompanied by her daughter-in-law and another relative during the journey, which took a total of seven days. The woman undertook the strenuous journey after doctors at AIIMS told her that her son’s condition might improve if he meets his mother and wife.

The women set out on the journey by a taxi after they received a special permission from the district collector. She was issued with necessary passes to travel across the states following the intervention of Union Minister V Muraleedharan, office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Congress leader, Oommen Chandy.

Volunteers of Hindu help line, a VHP organisation, helped in arranging a cab and two taxi drivers free of cost to take them to Jodhpur.

The doctors at AIIMS permitted Arun to return home after they were convinced that he had fully recovered, said a Times of India report. The hospital authorities arranged the ambulance and they were accompanied by two drivers and a nursing assistant during the journey.

On reaching home, Sheelamma, Arun and his wife are staying in self-quarantine since they had travelled across different states. Before thy reached home, other family members, including the couple’s one-year-old child, were shifted to a relative’s house so that they do not come into contact with them.

It was strenuous journey, said Sheelamma but she is happy now that they have reached home. “We began our journey around 9pm on Monday and reached home at 6am on Thursday. We halted our journey at Kolhapur on Tuesday and Attappady on Wednesday and rested in the ambulance itself,” said Sheelamma.

This mother's journey comes close on the heels of another woman who rode 1400 km on her two wheeler from Telangana to bring back her son stuck in Andhra Pradesh. The Burqa-clad mom, Razia Sultana, a school teacher from Bodhan town in Telangana undertook the journey on her scooter and broughther son, a student from Rehmatabadin Andhra Pradesh.

Image Credit: Deccan Herald

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