After ten years, social workers and social media helped a terminally ill elderly man reconcile with his family.

Hundreds of WhatsApp groups tracked down the elderly man, who was in critical condition in the Budhwara area a fortnight ago . He hadnt eaten for days and was sporting soiled clothes smeared with saliva .

Bhopal: A group of social workers rescued an elderly man who had been roughing it out on footpaths in the Talaiya region for ten years and reunited him with his family in Multai, Betul district.Hundreds of WhatsApp groups tracked down the elderly man, who was in critical condition in the Budhwara area a fortnight ago.He hadn't eaten for days and was sporting soiled clothes smeared with saliva.He was in no way able to stand up.

He couldn't tell his rescuers anything about himself or his family because of mental illness.The militants followed him around for a few days, undeterred and unable to let him live in poverty again.They posted his photos and videos on hundreds of WhatsApp groups, seeking information.Alongside being detectives, some social workers walked around Budhwara, talking with locals.One of them said that Multai had been mentioned when the elderly man was well.

The team reunited Bhura with his wife and son in Multai on June 19, according to social worker Ayan Khan, 30, who shared their story.Ayan Khan, 30, a resident of CTO Bairagarh, told him that an elderly man was critically ill on a footpath near Kali Mata temple in front of Talaiya police station on June 6.Dr. Zeeshan Hanif, Mohan Soni, Sahab Salim, and Naresh Lomhare were among the social workers at the ranch.They called police, who said they had called an ambulance but Bhura refused to go to the hospital because he had no attendant.

In an alternate ambulance, he was taken to Hamidia Hospital, from which he was referred to the TB Hospital.Bhura began to recover quickly after medical attention, but the activists understood he needed long-term care.When they finally traced Bhura's family, they discovered he had been missing from home since 2012.His family initially thought he had been missing and said it was impossible.But the protesters were able to persuade them, and Bhuras' 25-year-old son, who lives in Nagpur, came down to Bhopal with his mother Pramila.

He was an autorickshaw driver in Multai, but alcoholism made him mentally unstable, and he went away from home in 2012.Pramila and her then 15-year-old son were desperately looking for him, but in vain.They had no idea he was 225 kilometers away and walking on a footpath.They had lost all hope of finding him until they got Ayans call.