MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino trailer truck driver lost his right foot after he was sideswiped by another vehicle in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Reynaldo Acuno, 57, said his life changed on the fateful morning of November 22.
“Nahagip ako. Na-kalso na pala ako. Nakipagbunuan na ako para hindi lang ako matumba, kasi kung matumba ako sigurado akong latayin ang buong katawan ko, na makain ng gulong. Nakaladkad siguro ako mga 10 meters,” said Acuno who has been working in the Kingdom for 13 years now.
Acuno said the accident happened while he was on the side of the road talking to a colleague while waiting for help to come after one of the tires of the truck he was driving suddenly burst.
He said he was not able to save his foot as it was stuck under the tire of the dump truck driven by an Eritrean national. The suspect has been arrested.
Acuno is unsure of what lies ahead for him now that he lost his right foot due to the accident.
“Iyon na nga ang problema. Uuwi ako. Dito lang, hindi naman ako makapagtrabaho. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko,” he said.
He assured his wife and their seven children that he will return home as soon as the case is settled.
“Huwag silang mag-alala at kung ma-settle ang kasong ito, mapauwi ako ng madali mas maaga, mas maganda. Basta kung makuwan na ito, uwi na ako,” he said.
The OFW likewise appealed to the Philippine Consulate for help.
“Kung matulungan nila ako na mapauwi kung sakaling matapos na ang treatment nitong sugat ko. Saka yung may mag-aasikaso sa akin dito para siguraduhin na sasagutin nila ang lahat,” he said. Report from Charles Tabbu, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau