Bangladeshi Worker Who Spent 2 Months in ICU Come Out with Video to Thank the Government & Everyone Else

We have seen a fair share of #justCOVID-19things that nothing really surprises us anymore.

We have people flouting circuit breaker rules and just to go Pulau Ubin to camp and we have a sovereign.

Surely, this period has created lots of frustration. However, there are also the little things that bring comfort among this chaos.

And times like this, it’s these little things that keep us going.

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Bangladeshi Worker Spent 2 Months in ICU

I’m sure you are familiar with the famous Case 42. If you’re not, he is none other than 39-year-old Raju Sarker, who is a construction worker linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights cluster.

Mr Raju was the first Bangladeshi construction worker who contracted COVID-19 in Singapore, and back then, there was no such thing as “dormitory cluster”.

Mr Raju had spent nearly two months in the National Centre for Infectious Diseases’ intensive care unit to battle COVID-19. Throughout that period, he was sedated and required the aid of a ventilator to breathe.

After an approximately three months journey in hospital, he was cleared of the virus in March. He was then transferred to a general ward in Tan Tock Seng Hospital in mid-April to help him recuperate.

Came Out with a Touching Video to Thank Everyone

On Thursday (21 May), Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) uploaded a video on Facebook that touched our hearts dearly.

In the video, he thanked caregivers and those around him for their support.

He started off the video by thanking our Singapore government and those who prayed for him. He also thanked his company and the MWC for supporting his family during this period.

Appearing in a red cap in his hospital bed in the video, Mr Raju expressed his gratitude to the doctors and nurses who “worked tirelessly” to aid his recovery process.

In addition, he also showed appreciation for the Government for footing the bill for his treatment.

He conveyed in his video to his fellow migrant workers, “If you fall sick, the Government will help you, just like when I fell sick, the Government stood by me.”

He then urged them to abide by the regulations and assured them that the Government will help and stand by them if anything were to happen.

Towards the end of the video, he asked of people to continue keeping him and his family in their prayers, so that himself, his wife and newborn child, can live a “healthy and happy life”.

“Nothing Short of Amazing”

NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng shared the video of Facebook as soon as it was posted. According to him, Mr Raju will be moved to the community hospital soon.

Mr Ng stated that Raju’s recovery is “nothing short of amazing”. He believes that this would spur our healthcare and front-line workers on to continue doing their best for Singapore.

He also added that Singapore will continue to take care of migrant workers, and put in place safe management practices as workplaces progressively reopens.

It is heartwarming to witness a patient recover gracefully like Mr Raju. Being a migrant worker living in Singapore is not easy. To go through all these and still be grateful is uplifting.


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Check out the video:

Thank-you video by Raju

To everyone who's followed, supported, prayed, wished, treated, cared and nursed, it gives us indescribable pleasure and deep gratitude to be able to introduce you to Raju Sarker – more famously known as Case 42… addressing you, in person. โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ#togetherwecanovercome#SGunited#SGtogether#Braveheartsg#MWCCares#MigrantsWeCare

Posted by Migrant Workers' Centre on Thursday, 21 May 2020

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