Mr Selvakumar, 40 years old, is a father to 3 daughters aged between 8 – 15 years old. He left his village in rural India, taking a bank loan of nearly S$4,000 to work in Singapore as a construction worker in order to provide a better life for his family.
Mr Selvakumar was working for a shipyard as a fitter, fitting and wielding platforms and planks. On the 2nd of December 2017, Mr Selvakumar suffered a horrific accident. He was on a temporary platform 3 meters off the ground wielding iron planks when the temporary platform he was on gave way. As a result, Mr Selvakumar fell three meters to the ground and the heavy iron planks crushed his abdomen and groin area. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery to correct his pelvis and to insert a catheter. Mr Selvakumar is now unable to urinate without the assistance of a catheter.
Mr Selvakumar is currently in a rehabilitation hospital attending therapy. The road to recovery is long and painful. He has not been sending money home and this has caused distress to his family, particularly his three daughters who are still schooling. Mr Selvakumar fears that his daughters would have to stop school as he has not been paying their school fees. He understands the importance of education and deeply wishes for his daughters to continue their education as that is the only way out of poverty.
ROHI would therefore like to raise S$600 for Mr Selvakumar’s three daughters’ education for three months while he seeks recourse from MOM.
28 Mar 2018
On the road to recovery
Our case managers recently met with Mr Selvakumar. We were glad to know that he is recovering well and is now able to walk with the aide of a walker. He is scheduled for a surgery in April which will finally allow him to pee without the aide of a catheter. After the recovery period is over after his April surgery, he will return back to his hometown in India.