The gardener was cleaning up piles of leaves and branches from the local park – previous night’s storm debris – when the eucalyptus tree fell on him. There’s no scratch-or-cut on the body. Only he couldn’t wiggle his toes.

He went to the nearby hospital himself on foot. Later, I was surprised to find him in emergency ward. He looked fine, with no apparent pain, his wife sitting alongside.

I met the Doc on rounds: “Irreversible damage to thoracic nerves in the back”, he said. “Paraplegia has set in. It’ll soon affect his heart and lungs. His life is in God’s hands.”

First published in f3

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