Mangaluru: Accident shatters Roshan D'Souza's life; family in dire straits

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MD)

Mangaluru, Aug 12: This is the heart-rending story of Roshan D'Souza, who until just two years ago, was like any other young man with dreams of a decent career, until an accident turned his life around completely.

Roshan D'Souza, all of just 26 years, is the son of John D'Souza and Leena D'Souza, hailing from Kokkada village in Dharmasthala. He met with a bike accident on August 27, 2013 near Nelliyadi and was admitted to Father Muller Medical College Hospital where he got operated. He was discharged on September 25, 2013.

The impact of the accident was such that Roshan sustained injuries on his spinal cord resulting in weakening of B/L upper and lower limbs. With this major injury, Roshan became paralysed and bedridden.

Prior to the accident, Roshan was working in Kuwait in a bakery and he had come to India to spend sometime with his family on vacation when the fateful accident took place. Roshan's mother ties beedi at home and father does coolie work for a living. Roshan's family is very poor and he was the main breadwinner for his family. His accident left the family shattered. Roshan has a younger brother who is working in a hotel near PVS junction, but his earnings are hardly sufficient to sustain the family and meet Roshan's medical expenses.

After Roshan was discharged from the hospital, his parents started taking him to the physiotherapy centre at Madanthyar. Unable to bear the travelling expenses, his parents had to stay in physiotherapy centre itself. The centre belongs to nuns and the cost of treatment was less, and Roshan's parents were allowed to stay there during the treatment, which used to go on for a month followed by a break and then back again.

Their misery increased when Roshan had to go for a plastic surgery, as he developed bedsores lying in one position for a prolonged period.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Leena D'Souza, mother of Roshan said, "The first major accident which Roshan was involved in was the hardest thing for us to digest. It was a most shocking incident, something we never thought would happen and which totally changed our lives. After the accident, Roshan was completely paralysed with his broken spinal cord. We are very poor. We were not able to afford a one time meal when Roshan was admitted to the hospital. We could not afford to travel to and fro the hospital everyday, so stayed in the hospital itself for for a month at least. Just the medicines would cost up to Rs 3,000 every day. I had to stop tying beedis as I needed to sit next to my son in the hospital and take care of him fulltime.

"After he got discharged from the hospital, we took him to physiotherapy centre at Madanthyar. We had to travel from our house to the physiotherapy centre in a taxi, and travelling expenses were too much to afford. A single trip would cost us at least Rs 3,600 to Rs 4,000. So we stayed in the physiotherapy centre itself. The hospital and the physiotherapy centre's bills and medical expenses have already come upto Rs 16 to Rs 17 lacs. We had to beg with our neighbours, family, friends and also borrowed some loan from the bank. Roshan's savings were used for operation expenses," Leena said, her eyes moist.

Regarding the plastic surgery done on Roshan, she said, "The accident itself shattered our family and then as Roshan remained bedridden for over two years, he developed bedsores. He was admitted again on June 30 this year for plastic surgery at Father Muller Medical College Hospital. The hospital bill for one month with treatment cost has come up to approximately Rs 5 lacs. Ever since the plastic surgery, he has not been able to sleep properly, he is lying down on his stomach from one month. I do not know how to pay such a large amount."

The family is desperately in need of financial support and prayers. Those who wish to help may send their contributions to:

Roshan D'Souza

S/o John D'Souza 
Moodbail House,
Kokrady village, Puttur taluk

Account No: 01682200029023
IFSC No: SYNB0000168
Syndicate Bank
Kokkada Jodumarga
Beltangady taluk

Contact Valerian Crasta for more details: 9945324021


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  • Jessy Dsa, Udupi/Jeddah

    Mon, Aug 24 2015

    Roshan, Really felt sad after knowing about your accident and misery due to financial problems. Will surely help your family and assure you of my daily prayers for your speedy recovery. God Bless you and your loved ones.

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  • Jigmig, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 19 2015

    May god bless him with good health.

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  • fr stany, st john baptist church kokkada

    Tue, Aug 18 2015

    May God heal roshan

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  • Pascal Monteiro, Paldane, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2015

    Get well soon Roshan! Supportive help transferred to your account today. May the good Lord Bless you and yr family.

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    Mon, Aug 17 2015

    Get well soon.
    The help is on the way.

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  • Maxim Dsouza, Mangalore Falnir

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    I am so sorry for this tragic accident and the consequences on this family member. Thank you DW for the article and bank details, I will do my bit

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  • Amrith Deenraj, Manipal

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    May the almighty heal all his wound's and give him a better life.I have done my bit.

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  • Neema Sequeira, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Aug 13 2015

    Very sad to read about this tragic incident. Definitely I will do my contribution to this needy family. I hope everyone who reads this article will come forward and contribute to meet the medical expenses of Roshan and their livelihood expenses. God bless this family in this time of their hardship.

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  • Fr Felix Monteiro, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Thanks to Daijiworld website for publishing the genuine appeal to help Mr Roshan towards his hospitalization. I know this case very closely as I used to visit him, help him in possible ways at Fr Muller and earlier in Fr L.M. Pinto hospital, Badyar. He underwent so many surgeries and presently 24 hours he is not able to sleep normally. His suffering is so much but still always smiling and hoping one day he will be ok. He is very optimistic. His mother is with him taking care of him day and night at Fr Muller Medical College Hospital (General ward-5th Floor-W ward).

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  • Anitha Asha Pereira, Attur- Miyar

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Get well soon Roshan. O God, Have mercy on them and heal thy child who is in bed relentlessly suffering.

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  • Oliver, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Get well soon Roshan.
    The help is on the way.
    GOD bless.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [57]

  • Utsav , Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Our payers are with you Roshan. Get well soon.

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  • jacintha d souza, kokkada

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    we know mr. Roshan d souza. He is my old student in our st. johns hr. pry school. actual he need help. we strongly Recomment this article. and request kind hearted people to HELP.
    Puttur Taluk

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  • Hussain, dxb

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…”
    (Qur’an, 2:286)
    Almighty comforts us with the verse above by reassuring us that no matter what obstacles we come across, they are never more than what we can handle
    Please have patience brother & their family, a helping hand always arise !
    “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you…”
    (Qur’an, 2: 216)

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Why do bad things happen to good people ?
    Sometimes we just cannot understand the ways of the Almighty.
    Nevertheless let us all do our bit in whatever way we can - money, prayers etc. to bring some relief to the immense suffering this young boy and his family are going through.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore/ Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Heartrending incident. We cannot blame anyone at this moment but to help the victim. It can happen to anyone. I wish and pray that God gives the strength to overcome this darkness in their life.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Oh God, thy children are in pain and in distress. Have mercy on them and heal thy child who is in bed relentlessly suffering. We hope and believeth in thy power and love through thy benevolent grace and blessing. May the whole family live in peace in thy help and assistance. We ask in thee oh Jesus in thy sweet and holy name. Amen.

    I have the following for you so that He can uplift the lowest to the highest.
    Numbers 6:24-26
    “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace”.

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  • AH, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Comments in daijiworld is free, so everyday we could see hundreds of comments as all those who comment here thinks that they are supreme court judge / a journalist / lawyer etc. Everybody give big and lengthy lectures thinking they are perfect, especially when it comes to the opposite community. Guys understand that everyone has their own problems and none of us are perfect. so why are we bothered about other religion. if you guys are really bothered of something then plz help this needy , the family requires our support not just comment. I can see only two comment here as Daiji asked everybody for some contribution where we are not ready to contribute, grow up and thing big. Let everyone leave peacefully.

    I wish all those who comment free of cost using office internet especially those who are in foreign countries, contribute 100 rupees each instead of 100 letters so that the needy family will be very much helpful.

    Let almighty give strength to the family in all ways.

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  • sunita lobo, abu dhabi

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Yes you are absolutely right AH, if only all readers could donate a little there would be enough to help Roshan and his parents, elevate them of this suffering. Let’s place ourselves in their shoes and contribute wholeheartedly, it’s our duty to help the ones in need. You will be blessed abundantly for your act.

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Dear AH, without commenting also people must have contributed already. Some acts behind seen. So we should not assume that comments are not there (as I understood by your comment) means people will not contribute.

    In this case Roshan will get help and prayers abundantly.

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  • gm, mlur

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Agree with Nancy.

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  • sunita lobo, abu dhabi

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    Yes there surely must be many who have contributed without publishing it, but I think AH’s comments will highlight the issue a little more and people may tend to contribute more freely.

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  • stan, dubai

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    It is encouraging comments. But our readers contributed and records were given by Daijiworld. People don't want to show that they are helping some one quote
    when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your ... must be done from an inward principle, that we may be approved of God, unquote

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    The financial problem at one side and the pain of looking at young son at the other end. I cant imagine the pain of parents.

    God, your wish be done and please cure Roshan from his pain and give strength to family to bear this physical, mental pain.

    Your ways are different Lord. Have mercy on all.

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  • sunita lobo, abu dhabi

    Wed, Aug 12 2015

    I am so sorry for this tragic accident and the consequences on each family member. Thank you DW for the article and bank details, I will do my bit.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [135]

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