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Ferried 200 bodies of Covid patients: Delhi ambulance driver’s life warms hearts, aid pours in for family

Written by Ashna Butani
| New Delhi |

Up to date: October 12, 2020 3:21:47 am

Khan (second from left) was on name 24X7. (The Press Reporter Photograph)

“For so long as we are able to keep in mind, our father used to convey cash dwelling and our mom would deal with the bills,” mentioned Aadil, 22, son of Aarif Khan, an ambulance driver who died of Covid-19 early Saturday morning. With their father gone and the household left with no financial savings, well-wishers stepped in to assist Sunday after The Indian The Press Reporter reported on Khan’s life and work.

“I’m now incharge of the family,” mentioned Asif, 27, Aarif’s elder son, who has been unemployed for eight months. A day after their father’s demise, a variety of people and organisations tried to assist the household by elevating cash — Rs 3.12 lakh had been deposited into Asif’s account by the top of the day.

“I’ll attempt to cowl my household’s bills for the following few years with this. Our greatest concern was the month-to-month lease of Rs 9,000,” mentioned Asif. The household lives in a two-room Seelampur dwelling.

Whereas mates and kinfolk visited the home to pay their condolences, the ambulance driver was within the hearts and minds of many all through the nation on Sunday.

Among the many crowdfunders was Ankit Gupta, 28, a poet and content material author turned crowdfunder. “I spoke to the household and so they broke down… individuals have been reaching out to me wanting to assist.”

The household spends between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 per 30 days on meals and different bills. Since Asif misplaced his job, the household has tried to restrict expenditure to Rs 15,000. “Even when our father was staying on the ambulance car parking zone, he ensured cash was credited to our mom’s account so she may run the home.” Aarif would keep away so his household wasn’t uncovered to Covid. His colleagues say he helped transport 200 our bodies.

Aarif’s daughters acquired married a couple of years in the past and have youngsters.

The brothers mentioned their mom has been unwell since Saturday and continues to be unable to come back to phrases along with his demise.

Earlier than the lockdown, Asif had a job at a garment firm and has not been in a position to get work ever since.Aadil has in the meantime been studying find out how to restore fridges at a retailer close to his home. “I don’t have plans to review additional. I need to work as a mechanic so I can maintain myself and my household,” he mentioned.

In accordance with colleagues, Khan, who ferried Covid sufferers and carried its victims for final rites, would usually pitch in with cash if a household was in want.

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