In a world, where many of us are losing our faith in love and marriage, this 42-year-old welding labourer shows what True Love looks like!
It’s never easy to see the person you love, in pain and agony.
And similar was the case with S Saravana Muthu of Tamil Nadu. He was not comfortable to see his wife in a painful bedridden state after a surgery in 2014.
While sharing the details of his wife’s plight, Muthu shared with TOI:
“I understood the pain of bedridden patients then. They have to depend on someone and not in all cases they have someone who does the caregiver’s job without showing signs of disgust.”
“Such dependence affects the privacy of patients. So I thought of this solution to ensure their dignity and independence is protected,”
The deplorable state of his wife pushed him to devise a remote-operated toilet bed for her.
And, for his great invention, he has now bagged the 2nd prize by the National Innovation Foundation.
His award-winning bed toilet consists of an attached flush tank, closet, and link to the septic tank with an opening in the middle.
The patient can operate the bed toilet through remote control with three buttons on it.
One is to open the shutter at the base of the bed, the second one is to open the closet and the third button is to flush the toilet.
But, achievements don’t come easy!
Muthu’s path to design this bed wasn’t easy either. While struggling with his challenges, Muthu believed in his love and his courage. He struggled for funds but fortunately, he got a chance to speak to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, a couple of months before he passed away.
“He asked me to apply for the National Innovation Foundation and told me it is for people like me to get recognition and help.”
It took a complete year for Muthu to make the toilet bed. This long effort shows how dedicated he is to the cause.
Recognizing his great innovation, the National Innovation Foundation-India of the Department of Science and Technology gave him the 2nd prize. On March 15, President Ram Nath Kovind presented him the award in Gujarat.
The prize consists of Rs 2 lakh cash, reimbursement of Rs 35,000 for making the first model cot and sponsored flight tickets.
In an era of where relationships are losing their meaning and charm, Muthu’s struggle and innovation is proof that true love still exists!