A powerful photo of Versova autorickshaw driver Mohammad Saeed, 26, who lets his two-year-old son sleep on his lap while he works, recently went viral, resulting in donations pouring in for the family.
Two weeks ago, Saeed’s wife, Yasmin, 24, suffered a stroke, which left her paralysed. Working around the clock, Saeed now takes care of his wife and children, along with trying to make ends meet. He usually takes his son to work, while his three-month-old daughter is taken care of by a neighbour.
“This has been a difficult phase for us. Several times, potential customers have taken another autorickshaw after seeing my son on my lap. We have slept with our stomachs empty because I have either come home empty-handed or did not have enough money to sustain my family,” he said.
Saeed’s hardships were highlighted by a film director, who tweeted a photo of him and urged citizens to help.
Ths is heartbreaking.met Md.Saeed(9702098346) 2day in mumbai.Wife paralysed.Nobody to take care of his son.still fighting & driving auto. pic.twitter.com/2XIJ4uces4— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) May 14, 2017
If you want to help him,,— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) May 14, 2017
Bank:Bank Of India
Account holder name : Rehana Mohd Raees Shaikh
Acc # : 010510410000136
IFSC Code : BKID0000105 https://t.co/LWDkYRsgdZ
Since then, Saeed has received countless calls — some from NGOs and some from people wanting to help him out financially. On Monday morning, officials from his bank called, saying that some money had deposited in his account.
“I received some money. I don’t know how much it is; I will go to the bank and check. I also received countless calls from people who want to donate and help.Doctors have said they will treat my wife for free,” he said.
“I have faith in Mumbai and myself. I have always done the right work and never cheated anyone. I thank everyone who offered to help me,” he added.