‘So what if my son lost his legs,I will be his leg’

Amal Ahmed has been sitting outside the ICU of Inlaks Budhrani Hospital for four days with her rosary praying for an early recovery of her son Amjad Ahmed...

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Pune | Published: February 19, 2010 2:51:34 am

Amal Ahmed has been sitting outside the ICU of Inlaks Budhrani Hospital for four days with her rosary praying for an early recovery of her son Amjad Ahmed,a Sudanese student who lost both his legs in the German Bakery blast. She has come to India not just to see him but to stay with him and go back only when he finishes his education.

“We sent our son to Pune because in our community,Poona as we call it has been the safest place to study in India. We consider it so safe that once our children come to Pune,parents do not visit them regulary and are very relaxed,” says Amal who got to know about Amjad on February 14 and rushed to Pune with the first available flight from Sultanate of Oman.

“Many people asked me if he would go back to Oman without completing his studies. I just have one answer — he came here to be the support for the family. So what if he’s lost his legs,I will be his leg. We still love Pune and will leave the city only after he finishes his studies,” says Amal.

“I lost my husband in 2006 due to kidney failure. Allah has given me two sons and three daughters and I was banking on Amjad to return and look after his sisters. I do not know when he will recover,” says Amal who is accompanied by her sister and Amjad’s aunt Suoad Baraka Ali and cousin Altyeb Mudawi Shaigoog.

After finishing his primary education in Sudan,Amjad along with his family moved to Oman where he completed his school before coming to Pune for higher education. A volleyball champion,Amjad was supposed to finish his exam on March 23 and go back to meet his mother. “I had spoken to him on the same day morning and he promised me that after his exams,we would all go to Sudan for family holidays. I never thought I would have to come here before him,” she adds.

Though she’s been meeting her son every day,it was only a couple of days ago that he responded to her by lifting his hand. “He has second degree burns and is still not completely in his senses. All he does is just shake his head. With her,however,he moved his hand and tried to reach out to her,” said Amar Al Bashir,Amjad’s cousin.

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