DEOKIESINGH BEGAN UNDER MANNING
At around 5 pm on Thursday, MTS estate constable Brian John was on his 23rd hour of guard duty in the casualty department of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Exhausted but prepared to work for an additional 12 hours, John was alerted to a commotion outside of the department.
When he went outside, he saw an ambulance vehicle parked in the rain, doors opened, with a strong scent coming from inside and people backing away.
The 50-year-old Maloney resident went to investigate and saw a homeless man covered in faeces sitting in the ambulance waiting to be brought out.
John, who has worked in private security for the past 22 years, most of which had seen him stationed at the hospital, said the state of the man in the ambulance surpassed that of similar situations in the past.
"We've had to deal with people being dirty or smelling bad before but this was really bad. Nobody wanted to touch him."
"I told them talk to the doctor and find out what to do with him. The doctor told them to clean him up so the nurses could attend to him. The state that gentleman was in everybody was running."
Watching the reluctance of everyone else to get the man into the hospital, John said something happened and on autopilot, he went inside to locate cleaning materials and came back outside to clean the man up.
"I had to take off the old clothes he had on for myself. His hair, the faeces was in his hair and his beard and I had to cut it off with a scissors. After that I bathe him properly and wash him down and hosed him down and a nurse brought a sheet and gave me to dry his skin."
While John was doing this, the man, who the ambulance said was homeless, sat motionless in the wheelchair, occasionally talking to himself.
"I don't know if he could have walked. The nurses got some clean clothes and I changed his clothes. He was transformed. Nobody could have believed it was the same gentleman."
What caused John to take charge when no one else wanted to?
"That came from my heart. It's just in me. It wasn't the first time I've had to do something like that. This was just the worse I had to deal with. I recognised him as a vagrant on Charlotte Street. I used to see him passing stool and eating it. I couldn't just leave him like that."
Brian's act didn't go unnoticed, an ambulance technician who witnessed it took photos and shared on Facebook, hoping to highlight his good deed.
"I keep getting people who said Brian, you will get your blessing. This morning when I came out, my phone start ringing down. As I reach home this morning from work, everybody in the building was telling me what a good thing I did.
"When you do good, good comes to you."
SOURCE: GUARDIAN TT