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Courageous Uncle Batman...
 
By Caroline D’souza - Grade 8 (Canada)
 

Jan 30, 2010

The people in my family call my Uncle Dominic as Bathie or BATMAN because of how courageous he is.

He was married and had two children. They lived in Kuwait.  When his children were still young, his wife died, but he was courageous enough to go through life without her. After her death, all three of them, Uncle Bathie and his two children Sandra and Roy migrated to Canada. Uncle Bathie had made a courageous decision to take on the responsibility of the children by himself and to start a new life in Canada.

Few years later…

Uncle Bathie got a job in a bank in Canada. This helped him to support his family. He brought up his children well. They got good education and were able to find good jobs for themselves. Then
Uncle Bathie’s health took a bad turn and his kidneys started failing. Because of that he had to go for dialysis three times every week. He was only allowed to drink four cups of liquid a day. Despite all the pain from the dialysis, he still had a smile on his face always and courageously bore all the pain and suffering.

Few More Years Later….
 
After seven to eight years of dialysis, he had a wound on his toe which led to complications and the doctors had to amputate (cut) his right leg up to his knee. After that the other foot started to give him problems and that leg was also amputated.

While in the hospital for Physiotherapy, U. Bathie was transferring from his wheelchair to the bed and fell down. He had a spinal fracture and his neck was put in cast for a few months. During all this time Uncle  Bathie had to go thrice a week for dialysis. All this pain he bore with a smile and cheer and he was full of humor whenever we visited him. He was very courageous to go ahead with all this and still kept smiling.

Sandra and Roy had a surprise party for him on his 75th birthday in 2005. Uncle Bathie came riding into the hall on his Batmobile (wheelchair).

And now……

Uncle Bathy still goes on vacation with Sandra and Roy every year to many different places and goes through the dialysis in the places he visits. He even went on a Mediterranean cruise and last year i.e., in 2009 he travelled to Mexico for his daughter’s wedding, San Francisco for his son’s wedding and then to Las Vegas for a fun holiday.

During his illness, from his bed he started to write an autobiography titled ‘Villager to Banker’ which was published in 2007. Now in the new year 2010, he published another book called ‘My Life with Dialysis’ giving information about all his travels, dialysis and how to go about it so that people like him would be encouraged, travel and enjoy their life.

Uncle Bathie is an amazing, positive and courageous person.

Uncle Bathie (BATMAN) on his Batmobile (wheelchair) with his signed autobiography for the D’souza family on 23rd September 2007.

If anyone wishes to have a copy of ‘My Life with Dialysis’, you can write to me at carolinehairforwigs@ymail.com. Suggested amount is $10 or whatever amount you wish which will be given to some charity in Toronto or We Care Trust in India to help people with special needs.

Note to the readers:

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Vilma Lazrado, CanadaWednesday, November 30, 2011
This is truly an inspirational life story. Thank you for sharing it and spreading hope all around us.
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Lovina D'souza, Bappalige/Darbe-Puttur/Toronto, CanadaMonday, February 01, 2010

And some more responses below. Thank you again to all of you.

 “This really was inspiring….thank you for sharing!”-POK

“Thanks for the wonderful article on Courage. I will make a donation to your Sick Kids Foundation.”-AK

“Very touching article. Well written Caroline. Keep it up!”-JS

“I was so engrossed with the story of Mr. Bathie, dear Caroline, can you please send this to me because my husband is also facing the same. His both legs are amputated and he is a heart patient. He is on Wheel chair since two years and he cannot go out without any help because we are in 2nd floor and no lift (elevator). I need to read this story to him and encourage him. I am very poor. I have one son still studying and I am working alone and have to look after my family. I was really pleased to read this. Please reply to me.”-L

“I was simply touched by reading your article on Daijiworld. Infact it can cheer more and more people who are going through the same problem.”-JM

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Lovina D'souza, Bappalige/Darbe-Puttur/Toronto, CanadaMonday, February 01, 2010

More responses below.

Thank you to all. “It is so wonderful that a grade 8 girl is doing so many good jobs. I need to come and see you one day. Keep it up.”-PK

“Your daughter is great. I read the article about her uncle. It is wonderful and worth reading.”-PK

“I enjoyed reading your article Caroline-your uncle is an amazing person. I also liked the photo of your family. Thanks for sharing.”-GR (S)

 “Good Job Caroline!!!” -BDA

“That was a beautiful tribute to an important hero in your family. I hope that you celebrate Caroline for recognising local heroes...it shows that both your daughters have excellent role models in their lives and explains why they are such spectacular individuals! Thanks for sharing this...it put a smile on my face!”-SR

“Thank you for sharing Caroline's article. You are lucky to have such a courageous man in your family.”-ES

“Nice article written by Caroline. It’s a good habit to teach values like these to kids. Keep it up Caroline. God bless. By the way, I noticed the email id has "hair for wigs". What is that? Here (in London) I have heard that people grow hair and then give it off for cancer charity. Is it something like that?”-VN (VB)

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Lovina D'souza, Bappalige/Darbe-Puttur/Toronto, CanadaMonday, February 01, 2010

Caroline received many responses to this article. Thank you all very much for your kind and encouraging words which mean a lot to both Caroline and Mr.Noronha. May God bless you all and help you through your journey of life.

Please see below:

“This is wonderful and he is a true inspiration and hero! I wasn't sure if this story was true or not till I read through. What a man, so courageous. I would love to order a book. Thanks so much”-MT

 “Congratulations Carolina Moon! Very nice article. Caroline is a gifted writer.”-SR

“This was really interesting and touching. Yes I would like both the books ‘Villager to Banker’ and the ‘Life with Dialysis’. Thank you and keep up the good work.”-DD

“Nice article. Very touching. We need to have courage to live our life.”-DV

“Thank you for sharing Caroline's story. He sounds like a truly remarkable man and indeed a living example of the virtue of "Courage" that we embrace in January.”-PMW

“Very inspiring…thank you for sharing.”-JP “Thank you so much for passing along this article. Caroline's work is truly a reflection of her generous and caring nature, as well as her gift to express herself through her writing. You are blessed to have raised such a wonderful girl! “-JL

“Good one”-LP

“Wow...thanks for sharing...amazing story. You must be so proud of your family and their caring way.”-PMA

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Louella Shetty, Mumbai/ New ZealandSaturday, January 30, 2010
Dear Caroline, You have written beautifully. Yes, we are all faced with challenges in life some big some not so big but your Uncle Bathie has certainly faced his challenges " head on" and made his life an inspiration for his family.Thanks for sharing this to inspire us all. God Bless.
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Jummy Noronha, Belloor/LucknowSaturday, January 30, 2010
Sir, The write-up on U. Bathie is very inspiring. If one closely watches his countenance one would notice how his palor of pain is overshadowed by the glimmer of joy on his face. For a man who has gone through life with so many hardships beginning with the loss of his life, displacing himself from Kuwait to sustain in Canada and to begin a new life there, and to bring up the children single-handed and give good education and then to go through dialysis and virtually lead a normal life is something worth taking note of by all those who face hardship in life and they should take solace from such an inspiring life. The article is brief but the message isn’t. Jimmy, Lucknow
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L N Rego, BendurSaturday, January 30, 2010
Good article to boost the spirit.A person need to be admired and appreciated. Uncle Bathie is a best example to show that phisical inabilities never stop you from achiveving your dreams and goals. Congrats Daiji come up with many such inspirational stories
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Sujith Noronha, MangaloreSaturday, January 30, 2010
Dear Caroline... Thanks a lot for the write up on uncle Bathie.... I had the honour of taking Uncle bathie on my bike and car during his visits to Mangalore and the cover page on his first book .. its me taking uncle bathie on my bike. Uncle Bathie we love u .. from all the Noronhas at Josline villa Bondel Mangalore
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