Three sick Bangladeshis flown free by Air India

A Monitor Report 16 Apr, 2017  |    -      +
Kolkata : Air India displayed humanitarian quality and discard commercial interest by flying three young sick Bangladeshis from to Mumbai for treatment.

Recently, Air India flew three young Bangla-deshi citizens, suffering from serious muscular dystrophy, for treatment at a Mumbai hospital. Three re-latives accompanied them also flew free of charge.

The AI-773 took off from Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport with the six Bangladesh nationals among other passengers_ bringing a ray of hope to the patients suffering from a rare medical condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They will also return by an Air India flight after treatment_ without having to pay any fare.

The patients were extended full support by way of wheelchairs and individual attendants. They, along with their relatives, were handed over the boarding cards by senior Air India officials.

At birth, Abdus, Rahinul and Shorab aged 24, 14 and 8, respectively, were diagnosed with this crippling disease.

Their flight caught attention when their family pleaded with the Bangladesh government for mercy killing of the three for failing to continue with their treatment due to financial reasons.

Destiny, however, had another script for them as Meditourz_ a Mumbai-based organisation specialising in treating such diseases_ in collaboration with NeuroGen, a brain and spine institute based at Navi Mumbai_ flashed a beacon of hope for the patients.

A renowned neurosurgeon Alok Sharma, who specialises in treatment for neurological di-sorders, offered free treatment to these pati-ents at his hospital and res-earch centre NeoroGen.

A request was made to Air India, which offered support to fly the patients with their companions free of charge to Mumbai and back.

The Bangladesh government and the Bangladesh Human Rights Group also pitched in to ensure that the patients and their companions got visas and documents to travel to India for the treatment.

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