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Updated: November 7, 2013 11:18 IST

Man who helped families in need dies alone in Chennai

    R. Sujatha
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M.S. Sivakumar was found on the road with a severe head injury
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M.S. Sivakumar was found on the road with a severe head injury

No one was beside the 56-year-old, who made it his mission to bury unclaimed bodies and trace families of abandoned patients, when he passed away at GH

It can only be tragic irony that a man who lived his life dedicated to ensuring a dignified burial for unclaimed bodies, died all alone in a ward at a government hospital.

M.S. Sivakumar, who helped trace families of abandoned patients and helped orphans in hospital, died at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (GH) on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the 56-year-old was found lying unconscious beside his two-wheeler on EVR Periyar Salai opposite Central Station near Buhari Hotel. He had sustained a head injury.

Some passers-by and police who recognised him, admitted him to GH. An MRI and CT scan revealed a severe head injury. On Tuesday night, he underwent surgery.

However, around 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday, doctors declared him dead.

When the Thane cyclone struck in 2012 and six sailors went missing, Mr. Sivakumar was one of the few people who rushed to help the families in distress.

Mr. Sivakumar drove from one hospital to the other, offering his services. The helpful social worker, clad in white, would frequent government hospital mortuaries, police stations and the courts. He regularly petitioned the Madras High Court for dignified burials of unclaimed bodies.

Mr. Sivakumar had been honoured by GH several years ago for his services, at a function organised by the surgical gastroenterology department.

The hospital’s resident medical officer (RMO) Anand Pratap was among those who visited him soon after his admission.

“He would take possession of unclaimed bodies for burial and would ensure that orphans who come to the hospital for treatment were admitted to orphanages. He was of great help in tracing relatives of patients who were abandoned at the hospital,” Dr. Pratap said.

In September, Mr. Sivakumar helped trace the family of an Assamese man who was found unconscious in the yard of Egmore railway station. After the man died at the hospital, Mr. Sivakumar traced his family based on a photocopy of a bank passbook found on the man. 

However, on Wednesday when he died, there was no one at Mr. Sivakumar’s side. “It was sad that he became an orphan himself today,” the RMO said.

Mr. Sivakumar is a native of Ayalur village in Palakkad and used to take up documentation work in the real estate sector, according to his friend P.T. Ali.

K. Narayanan, who had known Mr. Sivakumar for the past year said he was taking care of his ailing elder sister who lived in Ayanavaram. Mr. Ali said he later traced and informed Mr. Sivakumar's family, who live in Thrissur, Kerala.


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You have made meaningful changes in many people's life in your
life time. Fighting for 'dignified burial' for the unclaimed ones
shows the level of altruism you have followed. It is saddening to
hear that you are no more. RIP!
But even after your death, you are inspiring thousands of people
like me. This man should be honored with high awards for his
philanthropic deeds.

And Hats off to 'theHindu' for showcasing this kind of great
humanitarian story.

from:  Siddharth S
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 23:02 IST


from:  raja dawn
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 12:51 IST

So sad.....May your soul rest in peace,Sir.Also,would like to thank the
reader,Mr.Karthik who helped to take Mr.Sivakumar to hospital.I'm sure
Mr.Sivakumar"s blessings will be with you,always......

from:  sujatha raja
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 12:46 IST

It's very pathetic a person like Si va kumar had such tragic end like orphan .He was helping for unclaimed dead bodies at GH. May God help his family. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Valluri Ramarao
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 11:04 IST

May your soul rest in peace sir, people like you remind there exist a
term 'humanity'.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 11:01 IST

Its both heartening and saddening to read this news. A great human being and may his soul rest in peace.

from:  Rajmohan
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 10:31 IST

It is sad that we come to know such a noble person only after his demise.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 10:19 IST

Please keenly see his photo. It will remind us all the The father of our
great nation Gandhiji's photos during his younger years. This itself
will be of a great honour for him, had he been remarked like this when

Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 23:55 IST

Rest in peace. Sad to know that these kind of people do not get much
reward from the people. Maybe people who do selfless service will get
this kind of reception. What is the cause for his demise ? Who was held
accountable ? Why the related information is not published ?

from:  Karthik S
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 20:54 IST

If he had severe head injury, how was he hurt ?

from:  wesley
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 19:35 IST

I salute you for your kind work toward our society.Hats off to you

from:  abdul basit
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 18:50 IST

really sad... hope someone will continue his social work

from:  Samir
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 18:46 IST

It is sure a sad incident and does weigh on my heart so much.
In today's state of affairs No one has time or will be able to spend time and effort towards ones immediate family members, but this wonderful human being has not only put his time on to attending the destitute and needy but has put his soul and his life onto it. We do think so but never get to a point other than sending cheques to orphanages and homes,... Hats off to such men, they do exist... they are our X men they are our supermen,...May your soul rest in peace...
I am sure God has taken you to attend to those in need up there in heaven...! God Bless you and your family....

Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 18:00 IST

I was travelling in 7G when i saw this person lying on the road, got
down from bus and tried helping him out. Almost everyone were only
watching him bleeding from his ears heavily except one or two. We
stopped an auto there and safely put Mr.Sivakumar inside the auto. One
person got into the back seat of auto and the other sat near the
driver holding the head of Mr.Sivakumar. There were no policemen at
that place. People were murmuring saying some vehicle had hit and run
over this person. The news of his death makes me feel low and bad. May
his soul rest in peace.

from:  Karthik E R
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 16:51 IST

Heart rending.A man who helped many souls died alone with no one to
care. Let us pray God to help his Soul to be in Peace.

from:  K.A.Narayanan
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 16:51 IST

In Hindu Dharma the greatest Punya is taking care of the orphaned dead body.There is nothing above this act. This person should be saluted by all for his good deeds. May his soul rest in peace.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 16:42 IST

It is compassion that distinguishes human beings from the rest of the animal world
but how many of us possess this quality to such an extent as this amazing man? Let
us try follow his footsteps, however small our efforts may be. That is the best tribute
we can pay to this great man.

from:  ram
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 16:10 IST

It's a sad loss of a rare human being. Accident can happen to anyone,
but what's heartening is that some one did take him to a nearby hospital
and that the Hospital conducted an emergency surgery, without waiting
for any consent from guardians or any cash deposits. May his soul rest
in peace.

from:  Anbarasan
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 15:50 IST

This is a cruel world where only evil thrives and the good that men do often goes unrecognised and unrewarded. Sivakumar, a good samaritan in every sense of the term will hopefully receive his rewards in heaven. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

from:  C V Aravind
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 14:37 IST

Really his end had brought me to tears. Let his soul rest in peace.

from:  narayanan
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 14:09 IST

May his soul rest in peace - hope someone is able to continue his good work

from:  ayaa Swamy
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 12:27 IST
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