Mumbai Man Sells ₹22 Lakh SUV To Assist COVID Patients With Oxygen Cylinders

by Suchismita Pal
Mumbai Man Sells ₹22 Lakh SUV To Assist COVID Patients With Oxygen Cylinders

A man from Mumbai’s Malad, named Shahnawaz Shaikh, sold his swanky SUV worth ₹22 lakhs to provide oxygen cylinders to patients at the time of crisis. Shaikh, who is popularly known as the ‘oxygen man’ has been delivering oxygen to COVID patients via phone call. His team has also set up a control room to assist people with oxygen and has already helped more than 4000 patients. Reportedly, Shaikh had run out of money last year while helping the poor. Therefore he sold off his Ford Endeavor to assist more patients. With the money received after selling his car, Shaikh bought 160 oxygen cylinders.

Mumbai Man Sells SUV COVID Patients Oxygen
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A Ray Of Hope In The Trying Times

With the COVID-19 pandemic at its peak, oxygen has become one of the most critical requirements of the hour. With the alarming rise in virus cases, hospitals are running out of oxygen supply for patients. Shahnawaz Shaikh has become a ray of hope in the dark hour as his team is working to help out patients with oxygen. According to an report, Shaikh has told that his friend’s wife had died in an auto-rickshaw last year due to an oxygen shortage. After that incident, he decided to become an oxygen supplier for Mumbai patients. He had also raised a fund of ₹33,82,390 on the fundraising website Ketto for his initiative. Vegetable Seller’s Son Offers To Donate Salary To Save Life Of COVID Patients; Tweet Wins Internet

Mumbai Man Sells SUV COVID Patients Oxygen
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Shaikh Gets 500 To 600 Calls In A Day For Oxygen

Speaking to NDTV, Shaikh said, “Last year when we started, we provided oxygen to 5,000 to 6,000. This year, there is a shortage of oxygen in the city. Where we used to get 50 calls earlier, we now get 500 to 600.” To fulfil his aim of supplying free oxygen to patients, Shaikh faced financial challenges too. He said, “Earlier, we were not able to work properly due to lack of funding. I thought things like my SUV can be bought again, what is important right now is to help others … That’s why I sold my SUV and certain other things, and that’s how we were able to help others.”

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His efforts have earned him a lot of respect and praises on social media. IFS officer Sudha Ramen wrote, “People like Mr. Shahnawaz Shaikh and his team are the real heroes.” IFS Sitanshu Pandey wrote, “Kudos to Shahnawaz Shaikh who is helping #COVID19 patients with oxygen cylinders.” The world definitely needs more people like Shaikh. After all, humanity is the greatest of all deeds.