The story of SINTA brought tears to my Eyes

After joining my position in a famous hospital of Riyadh, the most delightful person I have ever met here was Sinta. She was a kind and innocent lady with a constant smile on her face.

I discovered her in a small jail inside the hospital where she had been staying from last four years. It was not actually a jail. Sinta came in Saudi Arabia from a backward Indonesian village for the sake of work as she had to fulfill dreams of her teenage daughter and 9 years old son.

SINTA – a domestic worker of a rich family in Riyadh

She was in her late 20’s when she came here under the sponsorship of a wealthy family. That family was residing in a Villa in Riyadh and her tasks comprised of common household chores and taking care of oldest lady of the house whom she used to call “Mama Ameenah”. 

That was the only lady from the whole house who used to treat her with kindness and respect. Rest of the family members were too active and they used to keep her busy all the time in their daily life routine which left nearly no time for SINTA  to rest.

SINTA never complained about anything

Sinta was such a passionate lady, as she never complains about her difficulties and restlessness which she kept on facing for six years during her stay in that villa. Her sponsor, who was the son of Mama Ameenah, kept on making fake promises with her to send her back to Indonesia to meet her family during vacations.

She never took even a single day off from her work and was totally handicap during her stay in Saudi Arabia. Her passport was taken by her sponsor when she reached Riyadh airport and she was provided with a mobile phone without credit.

There were so many difficulties on her way to get connected with her family, still, she used to say Alhamdulillah (Thanks to God) as she could send money to her family and was provided with shelter and food.

Mama Ameenah soon had medical complications

Sinta was patiently facing the difficulties until Mama Ameenah had some medical issues for which doctors prescribed gastroscopy. She was taken to a hospital for it and right after the procedure, she was shifted to ICU due to complications in treatment.

Later it was discovered that Mama was given a drug while procedure by which she had a severe allergy. Since Mama Ameena was transferred to a general ward in ICU which made the family of the Mama Ameena frustrated.

The whole family requested the hospital to provide her a separate room. Due to the mistake of hospital management they had to say yes to their demands and a separate room was assigned to Mama with the latest equipment and machines and Sinta was assigned to mama’s care.

SINTA kept on sitting beside Mama’s bed for 4 years

She kept on sitting mama’s bed for four-year, she ate there, she slept there, and she had showers and did all her tasks while sitting on mama’s bed. She kept on holding mama’s hand for hours and talking to her in return of which sometimes mama could open her eyes.

Despite no improvement in Mama’s condition, Sinta kept on making efforts for her rehabilitation for a long period as if she was doing this for her mother. Sinta was so true to her job that she put all her efforts to recover Mama Ameenah’s health. Soon she developed a routine which would allow her to give mama maximum of her time.

She would be cautious all day so that all of Mama’s needs and requirement were met. Thereby she herself hosted mama all day and all night long and would simply refuse any other nurse’s help. 

It looked like Sinta’s every moment was devoted to Mama. She would prepare everything before the doctor’s round in the morning. So much so that the doctors started to stray from mama’s room, they would skip check-ups, they knew the patient was being nursed very keenly by Sinta.

Mama Ameena needed medical assistance

Mama was in critical need of medical assistance: Sinta was a housemaid, not a doctor. Mama’s health was a serious matter. She should have been given physical therapy and mobilization to avoid bed sores and stiffening of joints.

She was admitted to hospital for a proper check-up and medical assistance. Yet doctors would either skip her or would not give her due importance. Neither the poor old lady was given any therapies!

I bet mama’s condition would have improved a lot if doctors had been responsible for allocating proper time and check-ups. The old lady at years of paralysis did not suffer from bed sores! Not a miracle though, it is all credited to Sinta’s tireless efforts. 

However, her joints got stiffed and caused her pain. Indeed, the doctors are responsible for it. The poor patient in a state of paralysis could not tell what she needed nor the doctors wanted to know.

SINTA used to talk to paralyzed Mama for hours

They were satisfied that Sinta was there for her. The paralyzed patient was conscious or not, it was not confirmed though, nevertheless, Sinta was assured that Mama could hear and feel, but her paralysis did not allow to express herself.

She knew that the human was alive and required help as she could not move at all. Sinta wanted to make mama feel that she was alive, she would sit by mama and hold her hand in hers. She would tap the hand and talk to mama.

Sinta believed that mama was listening to every word of hers, as though she was awake and could feel everything. Sinta was very much convinced of it because she observed that mama would often respond with her eyes. 

Mama was aware when Sinta arrived or left. She would open her eyes and tried all her best to look at the door. Sinta wanted to make her more responsive and would often ask her to close and blink the eye.

Even though it was merely successful but Sinta never lost hope and kept on trying. Sinta would spend all day in the room, she was equipped with a couch and a small table at one corner of the room.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.