MUMBAI: In a charitable gesture, national carrier Air India flew, free of charge, three young Bangladeshi muscular dystrophy patients along with three of their relatives to Mumbai for treatment on Sunday.
“The three patients and three persons accompanying them took this evening’s Air India flight AI 773 from Kolkata to Mumbai and will also return by an Air India flight after treatment- entirely free of any charges. This reiterates Air India’s commitment to serve humanity going beyond geo-political limits and rising above commercial interest,” said a release issued by Air India, reports The Times of India.
The three patients suffer from a rare medical condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
“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. Refreshments were served and rosebuds were given to all the six passengers with a word of encouragement,” it added.
Abdus, Rahinul and Shorab aged 24, 14 and 8 respectively were diagnosed with this crippling disease at the time of their birth. “It grabbed 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,” the airline statement said.
They saw some hope after Meditourz – a Mumbai-based organization specializing in such diseases, in collaboration with NeuroGen- a Brain and Spine Institute based at Navi Mumbai, stepped in to help.