Friday, November 09, 2018

Airlines staffers pool money to fund surgery of 4-day-old girl

Nagpur: The ground crew of some airlines along with security personnel at Nagpur airport extended hospitality beyond their brief on Diwali day, to help a harried passenger couple sail through a crisis.
A daily wager — Muzzaffar Alam — and his wife Sona Khanum were booked on an Indigo Airlines’ flight to Delhi, which they were going to board with their four-day-old daughter, who needed an urgent surgery. The couple had borrowed money to reach Delhi by flight, where they had planned to get the operation done at a government hospital.

However, they could not be allowed to board since the norms do not allow newborns less than a week-old to fly. Moved by Alam’s desperate pleadings to allow him to board, the staffers called for the airport doctor, who recommended an urgent surgery. The staff then passed the word around, and started collecting money to arrange for the treatment at Nagpur itself.

The girl — Mustaqeem — was born with anorectal malformation, where the rectum is blocked, preventing passage of stools, and needs surgery. Contributions poured in as the word spread, and finally Rs9,500 was raised for the family, which was sent to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). The child underwent the first operation the same day, and is reported to be responding to the treatment. The child will have to remain in the hospital for another week at least.
09/11/18 Shishir Arya/Times of India