Published:  02:58 AM, 10 September 2018

Shamim Ahmed: An angel among the ignorants

Shamim Ahmed:  An angel among the ignorants Shamim Ahmed (R) with his colleagues beside ailing Hasen at the DMCH. -AA

In our daily chores of life, we come across many kinds of people. We ignore such chance meetings. I am sure most of our readers have seen sick people on the pavements of Dhaka's roads, but did we pause for a moment and try to find out what was wrong or if we could help? 

The answer is a big NO. However, one man stands out. He is Shamim Ahmed whom I labeled as an "angel" after coming to know about his humanitarian and philanthropist works. 

On September 3, Ahmed was returning home from his office at Paltan. As he was crossing the road for catching a bus, he saw an emaciated man lying beside the road near his office with a bandage on his left hand.
He talked with the man, who smelled foul from his body injury and flesh-eating worms swarming. The man looked blank, which shocked Ahmed and he immediately sought help from his friends Ali Sabbir and Shafique over his mobile phone. 

The two came rushing with a hired ambulance and took the man to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). After various difficulties and non-cooperation from attending doctors and staff of the DMCH, they ultimately managed to get the ill-fated man admitted into the hospital. 

Arman Mia, a man from Brahmanbaria, who runs the doctors' canteen at DMCH-2 assisted them wholeheartedly. Ahmed has hired an attendant named Jorina Begum to take care of the ailing man. Ahmed does not any introduction has he has been praised by the media, making his name reach beyond the borders of Bangladesh.

He has rehabilitated some mentally-ill people and helped them to return to normal life --- a new lease of life for many.On September 7, relatives of the sick man came to Dhaka after they came to know about him on the facebook status posted by Ahmed, which has gone viral.

The still-t-be identified man's family rejoiced on being reunited.The man of the footpath was identified as Hasen from Nizampur village under Purbo Dhala upazila of Netrokona district. 

According to his brother, Hasen went missing around one and half months back. He was working as a piling worker at capital's Gulistan Park. Hasen's co-worker also came to the DMCH and identified him. Hasen is currently undergoing treatment at the DMCH and waiting for a surgery on his hand. 

Hasen told the Asian Age that he lost his left hand up to wrist in a road crash at Mohakhali in the city. That time, a group of people collected money in the name of his treatment. But they left the scene leaving him helpless wrapping the damaged hand with a piece of cloth. Since then, he had been wandering the city in a distressed condition.

Hasen's brother Hossen said, they are two brothers with a widowed mother. Thanks to Ahmed, another man saved, another new lease of life. Who else, other than an angel will do such a great job bringing glory to humanity.

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