Grandmother, 94, who went missing in her Indian village, is reunited with her grandson after living for 40 YEARS with a surrogate family who saw her wandering on a highway
- Panchu Bai, disappeared in 1979 after leaving the house in Maharashtra in western India
- Her family frantically searched for Panchu who suffers from memory problems
- She was found by the kind-hearted truck driver Noor Mohammad who took her in
- Mr. Mohammad’s son found the village of Panchu 40 years later using Google Maps
A 94-year-old grandmother who went missing in her Indian village has been reunited with her grandson after living for 40 years with a surrogate family who admitted her.
Panchu Bai, who has memory problems, disappeared in 1979 after leaving her home in Maharashtra in western India.
Panchu was stung by a swarm of bees while trying to get back and wounded and entangled on the national highway.
She was found in a careless condition and with severe bee stings by the kind-hearted truck driver, Noor Mohammad.
Mr. Mohammad returned Panchu to his childhood home in a neighboring district and looked after her as his own sister.
Grandmother Panchu Bai, 94, who went missing in her Indian village, has been reunited with her grandson after living for 40 years with a surrogate family who admitted her. Photo: Panchu (left) reunited with her village community in Maharashtra
She was welcomed by his family and received the greatest love and care.
Over the years, Mr. Mohammad’s family tried to learn more about Panchu’s past, but because of a language barrier, they could never understand the exact name of her village.
This was until Esrar Khan, the son of Mr. Mohammad, asked her again while living at home during the coronavirus blockage.
Mr. Khan said, “We asked her several times about her village and all she could say was Khanjum Nagar.
“We tried to figure it out, but no one could help us. But my search for her place never ended.
Panchu Bai, who has memory problems, disappeared in 1979 after leaving her home in Maharashtra in western India. Pictured: Panchu reunited with her village community
“Recently I asked her again and this time she said another name – Paraspur.
“When I checked it on Google Maps, Paraspur was shown in Maharashtra.”
Panchu (pictured) was stung by a swarm of bees while trying to get back, and wounded and confused walked onto a national highway. There she was taken care of by the kind-hearted truck driver, Noor Mohammad
On May 7, Mr. Khan found the phone number of a local retailer and contacted them to verify the village’s existence.
He sent a video of Panchu – whom he called an aunt – to the shopkeeper.
He was also from the Panchu community and distributed the video.
Mr. Khan said, “I sent him my aunt’s video on May 7, which he shared on a WhatsApp group from the Kirar community.
“I received a call at midnight that the woman had been identified and that her family members had been tracked down.”
While Panchu’s son died three years ago, her grandson Prithvi Bhaiyalal Shingane, 43, was surprised to see his missing grandmother still alive.
On June 17, along with other family members, he met his grandmother in Mr. Mohammad’s village and took her home.
Mr. Shingane said, “I can’t tell you how happy I am! It feels wonderful to finally have a grandmother. I was just a young boy when she went missing.
“All those years my father was looking for her. He died without finding her, but I am grateful to the Khan family for bringing her back to her home.
“I am deeply grateful to the Khan family for taking care of her grandmother all these years and never finding her family’s whereabouts.”
While Panchu’s son died three years ago, her grandson Prithvi Bhaiyalal Shingane, 43, (pictured together), was astonished to see his missing grandmother still alive