Even as the second COVID-19 wave wreaks havoc across the world and in India, a section of the media is still breathlessly reporting only morbid stories.
And due to this, several tales of immense kindness and benevolence shown by citizens amid this gloom are being given a quiet burial.
One such heartwarming story is that of 85-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker from Nagpur who gave up his own bed at a hospital to save a young patient's life.
Narayan Dabhadkar contracted coronavirus a few days ago. When his oxygen levels dropped drastically, he needed to be hospitalised. After several desperate attempts, his daughter managed to secure a bed for him at the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital in the city.
At the hospital, as the formalities were being completed, he saw a woman in her 40s wailing and imploring the authorities for a bed to admit her husband who was in a critical condition. The hospital however had run out of beds to accommodate any more patients.
Moved by the pleas of the lady to the hospital authorities, Dabhadkar told them that the bed allotted to him should be given to the lady’s husband. "I am 85 now and have lived my life, you should offer the bed to this man instead. His children need him," he said.
He then signed a consent form stating that he was forfeiting his bed for the young man and asked his family to take him back home.
After battling the disease for the next three days, the octogenarian passed away.
Amidst rising negativity, the story of Narayan Dabhadkar’s ultimate sacrifice for another fellow citizen is truly remarkable and has gone viral on social media platforms.