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Indian expat loses limbs after accident at work in UAE, seeks govt support

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

An Indian expatriate is facing a future in the UAE after he lost both his hands and legs to an infection caused after an accident during work for a private company.

Gurbinder Singh, 42, from Punjab, has been working as a for the company since 2013. On February 24, Singh injured his left knee at the company site on Zirku Island, some 140 km off the capital

He was first treated at the company's on-site clinic where the next day he developed the infection and fell unconscious. On February 26, he was airlifted to the super-specialty in Abu Dhabi, reported.

"I was working at the site from February 14. I injured my left knee while climbing a crane. At Mafraq Hospital, I was kept in the intensive care unit. My kidney had failed and blood pressure dipped. I was 99 per cent dead and was given heavy dosage of medicine to stay alive," Singh said.

"But by the first week of March, my hands and legs turned black. By the second week of April, doctors told me that amputation was needed to save my life. I don't know how all this happened from a small injury," he added.

According to a medical report from the hospital, Singh was diagnosed with septic shock (a serious medical condition following an infection) and severe left knee necrotising cellulitis (bacterial infection), which required surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from injury to prevent the infection from spreading.

"He developed dry gangrene on both hands and legs. He was reviewed by plastic and vascular surgeons, and they advised amputation," Dr of the said.

Singh was discharged from the hospital on May 14 and soon got to know that his employer has terminated his services.

"Since 2013, I have worked at various sites of the company. My termination letter with effect from May 10 said 'work completion' as the reason. My final settlement was put at Dh5,750. My visa is valid till January 2019 and the Daman has validity till February 2019," Singh was quoted as saying in the report.

The company, on its part, provided initial hotel accommodation after his discharge, even as some of the staff members were now contributing to help Singh, it said.

Faced with financial difficulties, Singh is hoping that the governments of the UAE and take note of his plight.

Singh's wife last month reached the UAE, where she finds herself "clueless" about the paperwork needed to claim the

The UAE is home to 2.8 million Indian expatriates, the largest expatriate community in the country, according to official data.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 15:45 IST
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