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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 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.

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