Bangladeshi worker Nahid Hasan Late Golam Rahman thought he was going to work in Singapore for a long time.
When he arrived here three years ago, the 31-year-old made a promise to earn enough money to care for his sick mother back home.
But Mr Nahid is now at a loss after an accident on Oct 4 at a work site at Science Drive 2 in the National University of Singapore left him blind in his left eye. Soon, he will have to return to Bangladesh, with his future uncertain.
The construction worker told The New Paper through an interpreter: "I am the youngest in my family. All my siblings are married. My father has passed away so it is my duty to care for my mother.
"After this accident, I can't work because I can't see so well and I don't know how I am going to provide for my mother's future."
Since the accident, the bachelor has been staying at a dormitory in Lim Chu Kang.
His medical and living expenses are paid by his employer, Zhang Hui Construction. It is also still paying his salary of $1,600 a month.
Mr Nahid said: "Sitting around can be frustrating, I can't do anything. I feel sad that I am now blind, but all I can do is wait for things to get better."
His friends at the dormitory referred him to a lawyer, Mr Pritam Singh Gill. The lawyer, who specialises in industrial accidents involving foreign workers, helped refer Mr Nahid to an eye specialist a week after the accident. TNP also understands that Mr Gill is looking into possible legal action against Zhang Hui Construction on behalf of Mr Nahid.
Mr Nahid said he was not out "to make trouble", but insisted that he lost the sight in his left eye through no fault of his own.
A Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesman said it was looking into the accident. Mr Nahid hopes to get workers' compensation for his injury. The compensation is capped at $218,000 for permanently incapacitated workers.