The hero Sikh who broke religious protocol and removed his turban to help an injured boy has been rewarded for his valiant actions by total strangers.
Harman Singh was in his Auckland home when he heard screeching tyres and ran outside to find five-year-old Daejon Pahia lying in the road.
Singh removed his turban to stem the bleeding from Daejon’s head and helped comfort the boy until an ambulance arrived, the New Zealand Herald reported.
When interviews with Singh were broadcast people noticed his sparse apartment.
Inspired by concerned comments from viewers, the staff at the Good News Network got in touch with a local furniture store owner and surprised Singh with a truckload of new furniture for his apartment. Singh said, through tears, “This the biggest surprise of my life.”
Normally, turbans are only removed in intimate circumstances such as bathing the head or washing the hair, but the 22-year-old told the newspaper: “I wasn’t thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought ‘He needs something on his head because he’s bleeding.’ That’s my job to help.
“And I think anyone else would have done the same as me.”
Daejon suffered a serious head injury and lacerations to his kidneys after he was hit by a four wheel drive on his way to school, Auckland Now reports.
He is now conscious and able to eat in hospital and his mother Shiralee said she was grateful for Singh’s actions and that her son had been asking about those who helped him.