Tuesday, September 15, 2009

One-legged granny saves grandson in wheelchair from fire

A grandmother with only one leg in Kuala Lumpur proved that last week.

With a raging fire burning down her building, she managed to push her wheelchair-bound grandson out safely - with some help from her false leg.

Madam A Saroja Devi, 64, had lost her left leg to diabetes three years ago, reported The Star.

Last Thursday, she was awakened by a loud sound from her neighbour's house and decided to investigate.

Her son K Kalaivanan, 29, said: 'When she saw the flames, she put on her prosthetic leg and pushed (grandson) Partiban out of the house on his wheelchair.

'She wanted to go back to the house, but it was too late for her to save anything else.'

Lost their homes

Mr Kalaivanan has been staying in their four-room house for about 20 years with his mother and five others, including his wife, and have lost all their documents and clothing.

Other extended family members who were living in the same area also lost their homes.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, visited the fire victims, now temporarily staying in the multi-purpose hall in the Sri Selangor business complex.

The fire killed a 28-year-old woman and her 3-month-old baby.

Each of the 15 families who lost their belongings received RM1,000 ($400).

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, who was also present, said those with families would be offered units from a public housing project in Puchong, Selangor.

The New Paper

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