Tough circumstances reveal the best and the worst in us. While there are many who are hoarding the oxygen cylinders and medicines, this 85-year-old gave up his hospital bed to save the life of a 40-year-old stranger.
As per the sources, despite dipping oxygen levels, 85-year-old Narayan Dabhalkar went against the medical advice of his doctors and opted for a discharge after he saw a woman pleading to get her 40-year-old husband admitted to the hospital.
As per IndiaToday, the 85-year-old reportedly told the doctors, “I am 85. I have lived my life. Saving the life of a young man is more important. Their children are young…please give my bed to them.”
Shefali Vaidya took to Twitter to share the inspiring story of 85-year-old Narayan Dabhadkar, and how he saved the life of a 40-year-old by sacrificing his own.
#thread Heard a real life story that made me speechless. 85 year old @RSSorg swayamsevak for life, Narayan Dabhadkar from Nagpur caught covid. His daughter tried for days to get him a hospital bed, finally got one at Indira Gandhi hospital. By this time, his O2 levels had dropped— Shefali Vaidya. (@ShefVaidya) April 26, 2021
Dabhadkar kaka made a spot decision and told the medical team attending to him calmly, ‘I am 85 now, have lived my life, you should offer the bed to this man instead, his children need him’. He then made his grandson-in-law call his daughter and informed her of his decision.— Shefali Vaidya. (@ShefVaidya) April 26, 2021
After some hesitation, she accepted his decision. Dabhadkar kaka signed the consent form saying he was forfeiting the bed in for the young man and returned home. He died 3 days later! Once a Sangh swayamsevak, always a swayamsevak! #truestory told by @shivanidanibjym— Shefali Vaidya. (@ShefVaidya) April 26, 2021
Many netizens came forward to express their respect for this heroic soul.
Remember his name. His name is Narayan Dabhadkar. 👇 Won’t make it to TIME magazine cover !!— Sqn Ldr S Vinod Kumar (Retd)🇮🇳 (@veekay122002) April 27, 2021
“He is the 85 year old man who gave away his reserved hospital bed to a younger man stating he has lived his life ”
He quietly went home and passed away later.
Om Shanti 🙏 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/yz1ZECGi0O
India will always remain a great country 🇮🇳 because of such brave hearts 🙏 I am sure he was a blessed soul and his such story will make an lasting impression on our young generations 🌺✨ हरि ॐ शान्ति ॐ शान्ति— Rakesh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@romy1965) April 26, 2021
Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Absolutely inspiring. Om Shanti . 🙏🙏🙏— Yashwant Deshmukh 🇮🇳 (@YRDeshmukh) April 27, 2021
Similar to a story of an 85+ Lady in Italy ! Very brave and generous ppl ! Won’t find such graceful ppl anymore now— MamtaNigam (@Mamta_nigam14) April 27, 2021
While many hailed him as hero, there were many netizens who came forward to express their anger on how a man has to pay the price of the failure of our authorities.
Older people deserve to live too.— Harini Calamur (#StayHome) (@calamur) April 28, 2021
while what he did was noble …he shouldn’t have had to pay the price for the state napping.
Om Shanti 🙏
85-year-old vacates hospital bed for 40-year-old patient, dies at home https://t.co/GktM6xRle7 via @indiatoday
This is just so heartbreaking. How is this system failure being glorified? No one *needs* to sacrifice if the govt only did their job.— Shreyasi Ghosh (@gshreyasi) April 28, 2021
heartbreaking 🙂— Gauri (@AntiReal123) April 28, 2021
We wish this brave soul rests in peace. And hope his great act of kindness inspires many more to serve humanity!